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Man pleads guilty to killing Clinton woman by mistake

Posted September 12

Gerri Newkirk

— A man will spend at least 16 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Monday to fatally shooting a Sampson County woman by mistake two years ago.

Antonio Cyree Lamont Lockamy pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and discharging a firearm into occupied property. He was sentenced to 16 to 20¼ years in prison.

Gerri Newkirk, 30, was shot dead in her bed in her Clinton apartment on Jan. 20, 2015.

Prosecutors said Lockamy was upset that Newkirk's boyfriend had taken a gun from him and later beat him up in a public fight, so Lockamy got another gun and went to the Springwood Apartments to exact revenge.

Seven shots were fired through a window into an apartment, and Newkirk was hit once in the leg and once in the face and chest, prosecutors said.

Her boyfriend and her three children weren't injured in the shooting.

Lockamy’s girlfriend told investigators that he arrived at their residence a few hours later and told her he did something he regretted, prosecutors said.


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  • Linda Tally Sep 13, 7:24 a.m.
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    Bad temper, bad judgement, bad outcome. The "who" might have been an accident, but the "what" sure wasn't. Hope he has a good time in prison.

  • Tonya Willett Sep 12, 8:51 p.m.
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    It ain't a snowflake thing, I'm quite liberal and I think NC needs to cut out the hand holding with criminals and start giving some real sentences for real crimes. They are ridiculously lenient and people die because of it.

  • Tim Orr Sep 12, 6:29 p.m.
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    Let's see...pull the trigger while the gun is pointing at someone and you only get 20 years? Bet lots of divorced folks out there wish they had heard about this sooner. Seems like a shorter sentence than divorce.

  • John Smith Sep 12, 4:16 p.m.
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    No, ya'll are misreading the article. He had planned on killing her boyfriend in retaliation for taking a gun from him and whooping his rear end. He shot through the window thinking he would be killing the unnamed boyfriend but instead (accidentally) killed Gerri Newkirk.
    Still, I think that's a light sentence as it would have been viewed as premeditated if he had indeed shot the boyfriend. Not to spin it in any ill fashion, but this is why you never shoot unless you know what you're going to hit. An innocent woman is gone because of this jackwagon.

  • Jerry Sawyer Sep 12, 3:35 p.m.
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    Accidentally shot her. Guess her didn't know what happens when you pull the trigger on a gun seven times. No one takes responsibility for what they do. And the judges let them off. This is on our snowflake judges. May God help this country.

  • Arthur Raleigh Sep 12, 1:44 p.m.
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    Only sentenced to 16 to 20¼ years in prison for a planned and premeditated murder????