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Second suspect pleads guilty in fatal theater shooting

Posted July 9, 2009

— A second man has pleaded guilty in last year's shooting death of a Raleigh theater manager.

Jason Anthony Zilinski pleaded guilty Thursday to accessory after the fact to second-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the Oct. 24 death of Mark Douglas Buhaug.

He was sentenced to 60 to 81 months in prison.

Buhaug, 48, died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen following a robbery at Marquee Cinemas, off Capital Boulevard.

Zilinksi's stepfather, Anthony Joseph Bimbo, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

One other man, Ryan Michael Becker, faces murder charges in the case. A court date for him has not been scheduled.

Buhaug, a 25-year veteran of the theater, had managed the Marquee since August 2005, Originally from Dilworth, Minn., he had lived in Raleigh for about 10 years.


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  • Unaffiliated Patriot Jul 9, 2009

    In most states, (and I was sure North Carolina was one of them) if you participate in a felony, whatever happens...during that felony, i.e. Murder, etc, all participants are charged with the murder. What's up with this?

  • crml Jul 9, 2009

    Here is the difference. This guy wasn't in on planning a murder. He planned a robbery that went bad. The shooter is in jail for life. I think 5 years is reasonable for what this guy did.

  • lumberman Jul 9, 2009

    What a joke. Victim gone forever. This guy gone for 5 years. There is no justice in this world. I would like this guy out as soon as his victim comes back.

  • Lead by Example Jul 9, 2009

    Glass Half Full,

    Your right in one sense, no punishment sentence has been delivered yet. What I was referring to was the inevitable. For pleading guilty to accessory after the fact to second-degree murder, attempted armed robbery, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery this suspect will not get a life sentence as he would have under the original charge of 1st degree murder.

  • Glass Half Full Jul 9, 2009

    Lead by Example - What sentence?

  • Lead by Example Jul 9, 2009

    This suspect is lucky he isn't getting life w/o parole as well. If a person assists in helping to commit a violent felony then he/she is also guilty of 1st degree murder if a victim dies; it doesn't matter who did the actual shooting.

    I only hope that the D.A. is requiring this guy to testify against the third suspect in exchange for his reduced sentence.

  • Ol Forrester Jul 9, 2009

    What do you mean "accessory after the fact" ??? Didn't he work at the theatre? He must have been in on the planning.