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Man convicted in slaying prompted by errant baseball bat

Posted July 17, 2009

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— A Goldsboro man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for murder in an incident last summer that began with one child accidentally hitting another with a baseball bat.

A jury found Timothy Vaughn, 37, guilty of second-degree murder in the June 14, 2008, shooting death of James Brewington. He was sentenced to 189 to 236 months in prison.

Witnesses told police that the two men's sons were playing baseball in the neighborhood when Vaughn's son accidentally conked Brewington's son on the head with a metal baseball bat.

Brewington got upset when his son came home with a lump on his head, so he went to find out what happened, according to witnesses. After he confronted Vaughn's son, the boy went home crying, prompting Vaughn to come outside.

The two men argued before Vaughn pulled a gun and shot Brewington three times – twice in the abdomen and once in the neck.

Brewington died on his way to Wayne Memorial Hospital.


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  • trunkmonkee1971 Jul 17, 2009

    Taking 3 seconds to think before you act can mean the difference between life and death.
    Maybe the authorities can link him to a ponzi scheme as well. I sure am glad Mr.Madoff got his......

  • Lead by Example Jul 17, 2009

    I am in no way taking up for this man but why should he get first degree murder swtpea? - Kris0805

    Whenever a suspect uses a deadly weapon to committ a felony, in this case an aggravate assault, the eligible punishment is 1st degree murder. I guess the jury didn't see it that way for some reason, however I can't imagine why.

  • claudia2 Jul 17, 2009

    won't be long before father and son share a cell block, what a great role model, kids learn by adult behavior, sad for boy who's dad got the life sentence.

  • HappyGirl08 Jul 17, 2009

    Good grief!

  • htomc42 Jul 17, 2009

    I'd say that one of those boys losing his father, probably came out on the better end of the deal.

  • determined2win Jul 17, 2009

    Great - now there will be an attempt to outlaw possession of bats - way to go dude. Should have let the kids settle it - now you get some benchtime to reconsider your actions.

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Jul 17, 2009

    Hope it was worht it you scum bag. What "sane" person would kill someone over that?! Must be something wired wrong in the genes. Zap him!

  • gator nation gal Jul 17, 2009

    So incredibly sad...and stupid!

  • Garnerwolf1 Jul 17, 2009

    I agree with PC clint-o, let me hold the door open for you.

  • lumberman Jul 17, 2009

    American justice at it's best. One got life the other only 15 years what a flipping joke.