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Former Domino's driver pleads guilty in manager's death

Posted December 24, 2012

— A former Knightdale Domino's Pizza driver pleaded guilty Friday for his role in the beating death of the store's assistant manager three years ago.

Nicho D'Angelo Bowers, 23, was sentenced to at least 18 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to accessory charges in the death of Kenny Ring.

Ring, 24, was attacked during a Jan. 9, 2010, robbery at the Domino's Pizza store on Widewaters Parkway in Knightdale, where he worked. He died two days later.

Bowers was initially charged with first-degree murder and accessory after the fact to murder in the case. He was indicted earlier this month on more charges, including two counts of obstruction of justice and one count each of accessory after the fact to assault and accessory after the fact to robbery.

Another man, Travis Melton Sherman, 23, was convicted in August of first-degree murder for the crime and is serving a life sentence in prison, without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors said during Sherman's trial that Sherman robbed the Domino's store, stealing more than $1,000, and attacked Ring while Bowers – a delivery driver and close friend to Sherman – was making the last delivery of the night.

When Bowers returned, he called 911, reporting that Ring had been attacked.


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  • WooHoo2You Dec 27, 9:46 a.m.

    How do you only get 18 months for being an accessory to MURDER?!?

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Dec 27, 8:42 a.m.

    This guy wasn't just a friend according to previous WRAL postings. These two planned for a late delivery to leave the store empty for an attack on the manager.

  • City Boy Dec 27, 8:34 a.m.

    18 months??? He'll be back, nothing like a slap on the wrist to make you more vicious. Conspire to murder someone and get a pass...Unreal!!!!!

  • chrissara1011 Dec 26, 2:54 p.m.

    No wonder ppl are killing each other....if you are involved in a murder you should get more that 18 months...

  • Bartmeister Dec 26, 2:17 p.m.

    From the article, what did he do?


    Well from the article it said - "He was indicted earlier this month on more charges, including two counts of obstruction of justice and one count each of accessory after the fact to assault and accessory after the fact to robbery."

    In other words, withheld info and help Sherman after the fact.

  • RustyDawg Dec 26, 12:16 p.m.

    I agree with BubbaDukeforPresident. I'd like to also add if a felon is caught with a firearm, they should get 25 years without any question. Afterall, they are felons, they know what they're doing wrong. Our system needs to keep those found guilty in jail for the full term of their sentence. We are arresting people on their second and third crimes while they should still be in jail from their first one! Talk about bogging the system down.

  • bgreen114 Dec 26, 10:45 a.m.

    From the article, what did he do? He was only the friend of the guy that did it all. He was working with his last delivery and he called 911 to report it.

  • PanthersFan45 Dec 26, 10:08 a.m.

    I don't see it in this article, but my guess is he was offered a lighter sentence in exhange for his plea (testifying maybe ?). I haven't followed the case that closely, but I agree with others, 18 months seems like a short time for his participation in a crime like this.

  • wilsmoku Dec 26, 9:22 a.m.


  • BubbaDukeforPresident Dec 26, 9:21 a.m.

    Our criminal justice system needs a complete over-haul. If you break into someone's home or business, it should be an automatic 5-10 year prison sentence. If someone is harmed in the commission of the burglary, a minimum of 25 years to life is justified. If a weapon of any type is used, tack on another 25 years; and if someone is killed in the commission of a crime the criminal should be given a choice between hanging and firing squad, carried out within 30 days of conviction.