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3 Life Sentences Imposed in Sampson Killing

Posted March 19, 2007

— A man convicted in the beating and burning of three people on Sampson County in 2003 has been sentenced to three consecutive life terms in prison.

Rafty Brown Jr. will serve the terms, which District Attorney Dewey Hudson should assure he will never be released from prison.

Brown pleaded guilty in 2005 to taking part in the killing of Jimmy Ray Turner, 41, Carrie Faith Jones, 20, and Randolph Merill Carr, 35. They were taken from a Clinton home in November 2003 and beaten to death, and their bodies were burned near the community of Keener.

Investigators said at the time that the suspects went to the house to rob the victims of drugs and money and decided to kill them to cover up the crime.



Brown was sentenced Wednesday.


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  • jaybabe Mar 21, 2007

    Will, then you aren't really a parent at all. If your child were murdered in this situation and you didn't give a damn then you weren't much of a parent to begin with. I am a republican and I think these men should pay for what they did. I also think if they hadn't murdered those three people they should have gone to jail for thier crimes, but they certainly didn't deserve to be beat to death and set on fire.

  • ncnurse Mar 20, 2007

    jaybabe - Society has gone to hades in a hand basket because liberals like you don't believe in holding people accountable for their actions. If people want to sell drugs, fine, if one of their scum bag customers kill 'em for a fix, justice is served. One less scum bag for the state to support. As for one of my children being killed in a situation like this. First of all, I didn't raise him to be involved in that kind of lifestyle. If he is stupid enought to make that choice and get involved in drugs, then he desreves what he gets. And I won't be sympathetic with him.

  • jaybabe Mar 20, 2007

    And we all sit back and wonder why society has gone to hades in a hand basket. Are you listening to yourselves? These people had families. They were murdered and there families are left to deal with the aftermath. What if one of your children grows up to be an addict? How would you feel if someone said no one cares they got what they deserve? The comments left on these stories never cease to amaze me. Death is a horrible thing to have to deal with no matter who the person is or what they did. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Somebody cared about those three people that died. Somebody's heart broke when they got the news their loved one had been brutally murdered. You better pray to God that this doesn't happen in your family so quick to judge and use bitter words. How cruel can you be?

  • lilreno is in the wind Mar 20, 2007

    Thugs killing thugs. i love it! It should happen more often.

  • ncnurse Mar 20, 2007

    Not much to comment on here. Three drug dealers killed, a scum bag taken off the streets. Justice was served. The death penalty???? Who cares? The inmates will take care of him.....

  • PSPro Mar 19, 2007

    Not much too comment on, all the "individuals" mentioned in the article were all criminals! And at the same time like it was said, "nobody will miss them"! On the other hand their families will still miss!

  • Get a clue Mar 19, 2007

    Why? Were they not white? - Milky

    I have no clue, but they were all criminals. Drug dealers who get robbed for their drugs and money are not really victims.

  • nursevb8 Mar 19, 2007

    He should have been sentenced to death. What's with 3 life sentences. One for each that he took? More time to eat and lift weights and watch TV, maybe they'll put him in a hot tub for when he gets old.

  • purplepat777 Mar 19, 2007

    I wonder why he wasn't sentenced to death? Wasn't this crime bad enough to warrant the death penalty?

  • the original Milky Mar 19, 2007

    Why? Were they not white?