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'Very generous' plea deal given in Helping Hands drummer's shooting death

Posted August 8, 2009
Updated August 9, 2009

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— A 16-year-old charged with fatally shooting a Helping Hand Mission Marching Band member earlier this year was given a plea deal "that was very generous," according to his lawyer.

Marcus Devon Medlin pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Joshua Jermaine Bryant, 19, who was killed at the Sgt. Courtney T. Johnson Center in southeast Raleigh. He will serve between 100 and 129 months in prison.

Medlin's attorney, Robert Padovano, said the Bryant family had "not a hint of revenge in them" and credited the family for the "generous" outcome for his client.

Medlin had a gun at the Johnson Center, and a scuffle ensued, his attorney said. Bryant, a drum major for the youth-driven band for boys and girls, was trying to move the gun away from himself when it went off and hit him in the chest, Padovano said.

Medlin said he wasn't sure who pulled the trigger, his attorney said.


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