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3 Plead Guilty in 2006 Death of Bahama Retiree

Posted April 15, 2008

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— Three people pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder, burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon in a July 2006 homicide.

Christy Crittenton, of Creedmoor, and Brian Courtney Brooks and Christopher Brooks, both of Garner, pleaded guilty in the case of retired Durham businessman Edwin Knowles, 71.

Knowles was found dead in his home in Bahama, in Durham County. He had been beaten and shot.

Crittenton was sentenced to 240 to 297 months in prison, Brian Brooks to 151 to 191 months and Christopher Brooks to 132 to 168 months.

Knowles’ daughter, Edie Parra, gave Crittenton a Bible in court Tuesday and said she forgave her.

Another man, Anthony Rankins, 41, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the case last November.

He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole and then two consecutive sentences of 146-185 months for armed robbery and burglary.

Authorities said the four stole jewelry, watches and money from Knowles' home.

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  • colliedave Apr 16, 2008

    Given her prior conviction on murder, she should have received the dirt nap. Other than that she should have received life in prison. Compared to Central Prison, NCCIW is a Red Roof Inn.

  • fireman3014 Apr 16, 2008

    christy and her family come from a long line of troubles with the law and people like them should be put down(executed)their was a shooting at northgate mall back in the late 80's early 90's that involved one of her siblings as the shooter(do u see a pattern). they are all involved in drugs and don.t care about human life as long as they can get ahead. i will never forget the day we buried ronald, it was an amazing sight. their were well over 100 police officers their and all of them led the funeral prossession. even after we the family arrived at the cemetary it was another 20 minutes before we could start their because the cars were still coming in. it was said the prossession was about 5 miles long. this goes to show the kind of man ronald was and the people he reached out to and helped over the course of his life. we will forever remember you ronald and we love you. as for you christy i can't wait till your judgement day with god because you want get off with him like u did in life

  • moonpie Apr 16, 2008

    they all should have got life without parole...

  • fireman3014 Apr 16, 2008

    i am a cousin of ronald massengale aka mr. green jeans we called him as kids. he was stabbed 37 times in the chest, back, and neck. he was first reported as missing on oct 2 1992 and was found the next day buy a maid at the motel. he was bound and tied to the bed. know of some of you who say you knew him you know ronald was a big and solid man. she had an accompliss which was her boyfriend or whatever and together they over powered him and i still think their was others involved as well. their motive, well what else robbery. i know he was their for other reasons and i hate that he chose that route but he did not deserve to be murdered. his wife which i want say her name but it begins with a j is one of the sweetest ladies you could ever meet and this took a devastating toll on her as well as the rest of the family. christy crittenton got out of it because she claimed it was self defense. how was it self defense? we are still trying to figure that one out ourselves. to be continued

  • vipcruizer Apr 16, 2008

    "If I was his family, I'd be waiting for her to get out. Everything I've read points to her as the ring leader. And yes, I remember when the police officer was stabbed to death in Durham. The investigating officers said it was one of the most brutal stabbings they'd ever seen. How did she get out of that one?"

    I knew the family back then, and I remember Ron coming to pick her up often. I remember when she killed him, it was reported that she had stabbed him hundreds of times. It happened at the Best Western on Glenwood Ave. across from Townridge. She should have never been released from that murder. I saw her, and her girlfriend, in Walmart a few years ago, and I was shocked she was out.

  • Meandmytwo Apr 16, 2008

    Glad justice was served. His daughter has to have God in her life to forgive the female and to give her a Bible. I know that she has some closure now and can began to heal. God bless her soul.

  • lovecarolinagutters Apr 16, 2008

    She served less than 8 years on a 15 yr sentence for murdering the police officer. This includes an extra 2 years she got for a charge while in prison. In the 7 years and 10 months she served for second degree murder she had 38 infractions while incarcerated. This according to NC corrections website.

  • fbguru Apr 16, 2008

    If I was his family, I'd be waiting for her to get out. Everything I've read points to her as the ring leader. And yes, I remember when the police officer was stabbed to death in Durham. The investigating officers said it was one of the most brutal stabbings they'd ever seen. How did she get out of that one?

  • Just Once Apr 16, 2008

    Funny thing, the previous story said they could not execute her but she would get automatic life without parole if convicted.

    She also was convicted of killing a police officer in 1993!!! Now she gets 20-25 years and you KNOW they will shorten that!

    Not justice if you ask me.

  • Sabertooth Apr 15, 2008

    What is all this forgivness from the daughter?

    If it had been my father that had been murdered, I would be at every parole board hearing with a slew of attorneys to make sure that culprits never experienced freedom again.

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