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Boy, 9, killed in Duplin County drive-by shooting

Posted May 27, 2012
Updated May 28, 2012

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— Wallace police arrested a probationer in connection with a drive-by shooting Saturday that killed a 9-year-old New York boy visiting relatives in Duplin County.

Meshan Kentay Macmillian, 24, faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of Leon Albe Halley III. Macmillian was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.

Relatives told WNCT News that Leon's family had come to Wallace on Friday night, and on Saturday afternoon, he was playing video games in the living room when he was struck by two bullets going through the house at 410 Satchell St.

Wallace Police Chief Bobby Maready said that the shooting stemmed from a long-running feud and that the boy wasn't target and was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Maready said that Mcmillian wasn't acting alone, and he expects to make more arrests in the case.

Mcmillian was denied bond and scheduled to appear in court June 1.

He is on probation for August 2011 convictions for felony breaking-and-entering and drug charges, according to state Division of Adult Correction records. He has a total of 11 convictions dating to 2005, has been put on probation four times and served one 8-month jail sentence.


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  • 2323 May 30, 2012

    That's so sad, his poor parents.

  • sabby06 May 29, 2012

    This surprised me. I went to school with Meshan and his brother. Between the two of them, Meshan seemed to be the one that had his head on straight. I guess things changed after school though. It's crazy how you go to school with the same people for years and never really know them...

  • perfectionlgs May 29, 2012

    Prayers to the family....We can all point fingers but let's look at the criminal justice system it's like it has a revolving door....This man has a total of 11 convictions and only served eight months. He should of been incarcerated and this child would still be alive...Investigators says the child was in the wrong place wrong time...the child was at home which is the right place....We need that 3 strike policy for convicted felons.

  • CharmedLife May 29, 2012

    Prayers and Love out to this family! My own child is just a year younger than this little lad. I couldn't even begin to imagine what his family is going through, what they must be feeling. Mindless crime leads to "accidents" like this!

  • lumberman May 29, 2012

    Just another senseless killing. But it is a way of life and death for young black men. No one wants to address the problem of blacks killing blacks so this will just continue. I read a comment in my local paper on Tuesday that said a young black man had a better chance growing up in a war zone than in a big city in the USA. This would be a good time for the good rev Barber or Jessis or Al to step up. But we all know they won't. There is no TV time or money to be mad here.

  • halfpint1552 May 29, 2012

    Obviously our system has failed in this case and because of it, a young boy's life was lost. How much trouble can one man get into before they finally lock him up and throw away the key?

  • Statick May 29, 2012

    Look at that guy's rap sheet. Giving him probation hasn't worked and now look what happened. Rest In Peace, Leon.