BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — A Beckley man was sentenced to life in prison for murder today, February 23, 2022.

After a slight delay in the sentencing, Davide Hudson was sentenced to life in prison for the 2018 murder of Amber Meadows at the Travelodge in Beckley. He kidnapped Meadows and two of her friends: Arileah Lacy and Destiny Conkle with the help of co-defendants Tyrique Pearl, Antonio Williams and Jonathan Bird.

He received a life sentence for all three counts of kidnapping, and one count of murder.

He was also sentenced to a minimum of three years for commission to commit a felony with use of a firearm, and one to five years for conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

On February 2, 2022, Davide Hudson was found guilty by a jury of his peers after they deliberated for three hours. A guilty verdict was handed down for three counts of kidnapping, first degree murder, use of a firearm and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

Hudson spoke in front of the court for the first time prior to his sentencing, telling the judge he is fighting for his life and expressing remorse for his actions.

“Your Honor, I want to take the time to apologize to Amber Meadows, her family and everyone involved,” Hudson said. “I want to use this as a life-changing lesson and move forward to become a better man no matter what tomorrow may bring.”

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brian Parsons told 59News the case was more complicated because there were multiple defendants involved, but cooperation from two of the co-defendants in the Hudson trial, in exchange for plea agreements, ultimately worked in the prosecution’s favor.

“It does also help you get a better understanding of the facts and an understanding of what happened because you do not have to rely on one person’s version of events, you have the opportunity, in this case, to synthesize two crime victims and three co-defendants,” Parsons said.

Hudson must serve consecutive sentences for all six charges.