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Four plead guilty in botched drug deal that left Cary teen dead

Posted December 8, 2015

From left: Abijah Masse, Beth Strange, Joshua Simmons, Jourdan Mack
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— The last of four people charged with murder in a fatal hit-and-run that police said happened during a botched drug deal last June pleaded guilty to lesser charges Tuesday.

Katherine Burdick-Crow, 16, of Cary, was hit on Lawrence Road near Walnut Street on June 26 and died at WakeMed. Cary police said the Green Hope High School student had been robbed, and during a subsequent altercation, she fell from a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup as the thieves fled the scene.

Jourdan Chanquion Mack, 20, of Rambling Hill Drive in Morrisville, pleaded guilty Tuesday to common law robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced to 14 to 35 months in prison. He was given credit for the five months he has already been in jail.

Joshua Odell Simmons, 17, of Autumn Day Drive in Morrisville, pleaded guilty last Friday to involuntary manslaughter, common law robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. He was sentenced to 16 to 29 months in prison, followed by two years on probation.

Simmons was driving the pickup when Burdick-Crow fell, police said.

Beth Strange, 18, of Fallborough Court in Morrisville, and Abijah James Masse, 17, of Narrow Leaf Drive in Morrisville, both pleaded guilty on Friday to common law robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Masse was sentenced to six to 17 months in prison, while Strange was sentenced to six months. Both were given credit for the five months they have spent in jail. Both also must serve two years and perform 100 hours of community service.

Authorities said Masse was a student at Green Hope High, and Mack graduated from there in 2013. Simmons was a student at Panther Creek High School, and Strange graduated from there in May.

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  • Bernadette Dan Unger Dec 18, 2015
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    Guess life is defined by who you are and what you did. Murder is murder, just keep these slime off my street and they may see the next day.

  • Jacob Smith Dec 10, 2015
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    Do the crime - do the time.

    Maybe the victim was on the wrong path too - but she is now doing "life without parole" for eternity.

    These "kids" should be doing AT LEAST 5 years - EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.

    That way their "getting on the wrong path" would be remembered better.

  • Dorinda Hayes Dec 8, 2015
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    All these judgmental people on here can take a long walk off a short pier. These young people who got on the wrong path, which is very common, and they are not scum. All involved had lost their way. Most of these ignorant pea brains on here were probably worse at their age.

  • Dirk Snedly Dec 8, 2015
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    Dude, look at what you just wrote: They went out to rob their drug dealer.

    You are correct, one group of criminal scum went out to rob another piece of criminal scum and a fatality ensued. What part of this equation makes you think any of these 5 were sober, rational, decent human beings? There may be some theoretical chance that these four can or will change. I don't know. I know I don't see the value in paying for room, board, and health care for someone for life all because they killed a drug dealer. Might as well give them a Crime Stopper medal.

  • BigWillie Johnson Dec 8, 2015
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    1) They are young and stupid.
    2) Sometimes when you are young and stupid you make permanent mistakes.
    3) if you have any intellect you know it is better to rehabilitate at this age with the possibility of them being in a position not to be a burden on society in the future.
    4) You would be amazed to know how many "ex cons," work among you, that made their mistakes when they were 16 to 21.
    5) But some posters on here showing the financial wherewithal of a drunk liberal want to pay to house them the rest of their natural lives.
    6) That is financially stupid and not very Christian not to forgive youthful mistakes.
    7) Plus, the DA probably took in to account that the "victim," contributed to the misdeed by her own regrettable behavior. 8) But it is easier to get the pitchforks and torches and wail like the minions of Bart Simpson's Springfield.

  • Sean Creasy Dec 8, 2015
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    Joshua Odell Simmons, 17, of Autumn Day Drive in Morrisville, pleaded guilty last Friday to involuntary manslaughter, common law robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. He was sentenced to 16 to 29 months in prison, followed by two years on probation.
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/four-plead-guilty-in-botched-drug-deal-that-left-cary-teen-dead/15163408/#daRScQkFgDArVpMO.99..... So they went out with a plan to rob their dope dealer an when they killed her this is all they got? Our judicial system has once again failed to dispense real justice and set criminals who have no regard for life back onto the streets to kill again....

  • John Malcholm Dec 8, 2015
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    LOL, the system is broken. They will ...just... enough time in jail to pick up far worse criminal behavior, but far too little time to be deterrent. But. . . black lives DO matter, so they need to be free as soon as possible.

  • Edward Tilley Dec 8, 2015
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    These fine citizens will make the news again in the future...

  • Gabrielle Williams Dec 8, 2015
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    Looks like they took in the fact that she was a drug dealer. I hope they will be an example to other teens.

  • Sam Adams Dec 8, 2015
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    Looks like they all got off pretty easy.