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Four sentenced in slaying of man, 63, lured to robbery

Posted July 1, 2010

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— Four people have been sentenced in connection with the May 15, 2008, shooting death of a 63-year-old Fayetteville man in Raleigh.

Raleigh police said that Anthony Wayne Watson, 28, Raphiel Montrail Hunter, 29, Christine Nicole January, 24, and Jessica Ann Dixon, 24, lured Ulice Graham to an area off New Bern Avenue with the intent to rob him. Prosecutors said Watson then shot and killed Graham.

On June 1, a jury found Watson guilty of first-degree murder, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

January, Hunter and Dixon accepted plea agreements and admitted to charges of being accessories after the fact to commit murder and robbery.

On Thursday, January received a six- to eight-year prison sentence, Dixon a four- to six-year sentence and Hunter a nine- to 11½-year sentence.

Prior to the shooting, both Watson and Hunter had lengthy criminal records dating to the late 1990s, according to state Department of Correction records.

Records show that Watson had convictions for selling drugs and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, and Hunter had convictions for conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted breaking and entering and possession of a firearm by a felon, among others.

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  • lumberman Jul 2, 2010

    Four more poor souls. I am sure they are all from broken homes and were abused as children. One put away for life ( maybe 20 years ) the others from 6 to 12 years. The victim gone for ever does this seem right.

  • Tax Man Jul 1, 2010

    Watson should have gotten the death sentence - oops I forgot we don't have that in NC anymore, do we???

  • MillerB Jul 1, 2010

    Whatever happened to "Three strikes and you're out"? Our retarded justice system at work again.

  • BE Jul 1, 2010

    Perhaps the prison time the three accomplices received reflects that Justice has been served. Considering their history, I am thinking that their names will be in the news again in less than 10 years.