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Man pleads guilty to attempted first-degree murder in Rocky Mount shooting

Posted August 12, 2010

— Octavius Dickens pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder Thursday in the shooting of a man on Independence Day 2009.

Dickens was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for shooting Lanorris Smalls at 520 Dexter St. in Rocky Mount.

Smalls was found with a gunshot wound in his neck. He told police that he was walking when two men on a bike approached him. Dickens shot and robbed him, and they both fled on the bike, police said.



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  • outback1967 Aug 13, 2010

    "I just do not understand why people need to shoot others! Will we as a town ever fell safe on the streets again?"

    Its ok now...go back to sleep..its ok...get some rest

  • yesnomaybesok Aug 12, 2010

    smh - err to the system once again...

  • stateman Aug 12, 2010

    So this guy pleads guilty to 1st degree murder and the system gives him only 15 years! I bet he serves less then 5. The system failed once again.

  • tommys5 Aug 12, 2010

    "both fled on the bike"

    You know you are small time when this happens.

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Aug 12, 2010

    Rocky Mount, carry your own weapon, its not safe out there, even if the guy gets caught he will be out before your child graduates high school.

    Its the mentality of our DA, look at his statements: “Our babies are still under attack from this system,” he said. “They are under attack by the school system. They are under attack by the court system. And whether somebody wants to acknowledge it or not, they are under attack and almost to the point where we are eliminating entire generations, particularly of young black men.”

    Evans urged parents to challenge “discriminatory practices in our schools.” He said children are ending up having criminal records for foolish acts that used to be punished by spankings.
    Juneteenth celebration speech given by DA Robert Evans....the man appointed to enforce the law.....who just authorized his ADA to make the deal to give a 12-15 year deal (not even 15) to a murderer.

  • bozos_os Aug 12, 2010

    attmepted murder

  • raggy831 Aug 12, 2010

    I just do not understand why people need to shoot others! Will we as a town ever fell safe on the streets again?

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  • ECU4lyf Aug 12, 2010

    15 years? thats not a lot of time for 1st degree murder