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Suspect Sentenced In Slaying Of Durham Grandmother

Posted June 20, 2006

— One of five men accused of gunning down a Durham grandmother was sentenced Tuesday to seven to 10 years in prison.

In 2004, Ricky Morris admitted to his role in the June 2002 shooting death of Lois Cannady, 89, who was shot to death in her home as she dialed 911 for help. Prosecutors believe she heard the sound of people coming into the house.

Instead of facing first-degree murder charges, Morris pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Part of his agreement involved testifying against the other four men -- Gregory Lee Jr., Michael Sullivan, Jerome "Little" Freeman, and Marcus Hawley -- involved in the case.

Two of the other men are now serving a life sentence in prison. Another is scheduled to be sentenced later this week.


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