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Court overturns restitution for Pine Level killing

Posted February 18, 2014

— The North Carolina Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed an order that a man convicted of killing a friend must pay $10,000 restitution to his victim's family.

The appeals court upheld the conviction and sentence for Stefan Gudac, of Pine Level, who was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the Nov. 27, 2010, death of Devin Barber.

The only thing changed was the amount Gudac must pay to Barber's family. He'll have another hearing to determine what, if any, amount he will owe.

Pine Level Police Chief Keith Sparks said Barber and Gudac, both in their early 20s, had been friends since boyhood. The pair argued at a party at Gudac's house and fought after Gudac said he tried to get Barber to leave.


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  • abwhite88 Feb 19, 2014

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    I don't really understand it either. He's already gotten off easy on the prison sentence, now he may not have to pay anything at all.

  • Jump1 Feb 18, 2014

    Why should the amount change unless it is going to be higher, 10K is not much money..