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Man gets 10 years for Rocky Mount shooting

Posted March 31, 2011

— A Wilson man has been convicted of shooting two people in a Rocky Mount home two years ago and leading state troopers on a chase before being caught hiding in a beauty salon.

Police announced Thursday that Bernard Terrance Javar Blue, 32, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the Dec. 29, 2009, home invasion. Two men were shot while lying on the kitchen floor, and a woman was threatened but unharmed, police said.

Blue was caught four months later after a 5-mile chase in Wilson. Authorities said he tried to hide in the ceiling of a beauty salon before being arrested.

Blue was convicted last June of possession of a firearm by a felon and speeding to elude arrest in connection with the chase, according to state Department of Correction records. He was given nearly two years in prison on those charges.

A co-defendant, Deonta E. Bridgers, 21, of Bailey, was convicted last year of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and armed robbery in the 2009 home invasion, state DOC records. He is scheduled to be released from prison in May 2015.


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  • dmccoy Mar 31, 2011

    make them do hard time our court system is to easy on criminals thats why they keep comming back make their stay hard and you wont have repeat offenders give me a small section of the jail i'll show you how its done

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  • weluvrpongo Mar 31, 2011

    How can you only get 10 years for shooting someone? I do not understand our justice system.

  • grumpyhermit Mar 31, 2011

    Personally I favor life without parole for violent offenses such as this.

    I think someone who has done something like this has clearly demonstrated that they are "dangerous" (whether or not they had a "bad childhood" or are "insane") and that society has a right to protect itself by locking them away.

    I don't believe in the death penalty because too many innocent people have been convicted of capital offenses, but I definitely believe society should take dangerous people out of circulation, for good.

  • rcmonster1 Mar 31, 2011

    i thought you get 7-10 for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, plus it looks like he probaly has more than 3 felony convictions which should make he a habitual felon which is also worth 7-10 yrs not to count the time for his current crimes. What is wrong with our court systems today....oh thats right we are out of money so he gets out in 3-5 yrs so he can do it again... wow our tax dollars at work again.

  • Just the facts mam Mar 31, 2011

    Thank you WRAL for the follow up on one of many violent crimes where someone is arrested but the outcome (verdict and punishment) rarely makes the news.

  • voiceofreason32 Mar 31, 2011

    wow....10 whole years, because he missed after shooting people lying helpless on the floor....gotta love our courts, especially in the Rocky Mount area

  • hunter38 Mar 31, 2011

    10 years???? Look at this clown's history!!!! This is whats wrong with the system in N.C. This waste of human tissue should get double the time.