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Man pleads guilty to killing Wilmington college student

Posted December 12, 2013

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— One of four people charged with killing a Johnston County man in Wilmington a year ago pleaded guilty Thursday to murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Cape Fear Community College student Joshua Proutey was robbed on a downtown Wilmington street on Dec. 13, 2012, and was shot in the head as he got into his car to leave, police said.

The 19-year-old was a West Johnston High School graduate who planned to enlist in the Marines.

Prosecutors had planned to seek the death penalty against Quintell Raheem Grady, but his plea guaranteed him a life sentence.

Three others charged in the case – Jasmine Nikole Dottin, Christopher Daniel Cromartie Jr., Daniel Edward Henry – are pending.


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  • miseem Dec 12, 2013

    Short of the death penalty, it's too bad they can't at least include the requirement "hard labor" in the sentencing. This guy doesn't look like he has any remorse (other than getting caught), but he should at least be kept busy. Even if it's hauling a big pile of dirt across the compound, then back again, 6 days a week. Of course, I guess that's cruel and unusual punishment, unlike getting shot in the head while you are minding your own business.

  • wsaldridge1120 Dec 12, 2013

    No pleas should ever be on the table for murder!!!!! You take a life and in turn you give your life!!! Our court system is ridiculous!!!

  • dontstopnow Dec 12, 2013

    They deserve the death penalty! They took the innocent life of a young man that was planning a productive future after graduation. I bet the entire lot of those that killed him are street kids without one good thought between them. Now this one lives off tax payers for the next 50 years and never has to work a day to support himself. How sad we are as a society!