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Man gets up to 20 years in prison in North Carolina deaths

Posted April 14

— A man has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for the shooting deaths of two people in North Carolina more than three years ago.

Local media outlets reported that 26-year-old Everett Lamont Graves was sentenced in court in Durham on Thursday to between 16 and 20 years in prison.

Graves had entered an Alford plea in the deaths of 9-year-old Jaeden Sharpe and 28-year-old Desmond Romario Williams. An Alford plea does not admit guilt, but does concede there is sufficient evidence for a conviction.

Graves had been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and a number of related charges.

Investigators say the boy and his mother were shot in January 2014. The woman survived.

Williams had been shot and killed in December 2013.

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