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Teen Sentenced to Prison in Fellow Student's Death

Posted March 20, 2007

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— A Goldsboro teen was sentenced to 13 months in prison after pleading guilty to shooting another teen last May.

Timothy W. Alston, 18, of White Oak Road, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of John Paul Setliff.

Setliff, 17, of Freemont, was shot while sitting in a vehicle and later died at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Four teens were in the car when a handgun was fired, authorities said. Investigators said alcohol and drugs were involved inthe incident.

Alston and Setliff were both students at C.B. Aycock High School.


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  • and what Mar 21, 2007

    was not intentional it was a accident murder is done on purpose its not like he said well think i shoot him they all were in wrong and its sad both families are suffering if john paul family isnt upset over verdict then why should anyone else be???

  • tmorgan8 Mar 21, 2007

    Only 13 months for murder??? If he had been caught with drugs, he would have gotten 13 years. Something is NOT right.

  • Lilyank Mar 21, 2007

    13 months for killing someone?? That is ridiculous! What makes him any different from all the other people who commit murder? What because they were "friends". Crazy!

  • huntleyperez Mar 20, 2007

    i was raised around guns growing up.......it never dawned on us to ever think it was a show and tell item for the friends......we knew they killed had evidence of it in the freezer

  • k2u65 Mar 20, 2007

    This is such a sad story because it destroyed two families.John Paul was such a wonderful young man but so is Tim and because of something "drugs and drinking" one lost his life and one's life is changed forever.Tim I just want you to know no one hates you and I hope that you make something out of your life because you're a good kid always know that.

  • stoney Mar 20, 2007

    you both also failed to mention that there was also a gun in the automobile.

  • groberts14 Mar 20, 2007

    This goes to show you that drugs, drinking and guns do not mix all together to form happiness. They should have been home with their families and should enjoying family time instead of getting drunk or high with their friends. Teens just do not think anymore. Now he is sitting behind bars again and when he gets out he will have a record to follow him. he will be lucky if he gets hired for any job. God Bless the Alston Family.

  • herbie versmels Mar 20, 2007

    it should have been less, anitov. they were all friends, doing drugs and drinking. kids being dumb kids. all the people made a decision to get into the car.

  • thepeopleschamp Mar 20, 2007

    Only 13 months for shooting and killing someone while involved with alcohol and drugs in a car?