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Two men convicted in Raleigh girl's shooting death

Posted November 11, 2008

— A Wake County jury has convicted two men in the shooting death of a 13-year-old girl last year.

Rashaan Ali was convicted of murder and Ian Wattley was convicted of involuntary manslaughter late Monday afternoon. Jurors deliberated for the better part of a week before reaching the verdicts.

Gelnirys Ortega, a West Millbrook Middle School student, died when she was shot in the head on May 1, 2007, in a home invasion in the apartment she shared with her mother and several other people.

Prosecutors said she was in the wrong place when a group of men rushed into the apartment looking to collect $60,000 that a man staying in the apartment owed for drugs.

Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour will sentence the men Nov. 20. Ali faces life in prison without parole. Wattley could face about 16 months in prison and would get credit for the year he's been in jail.

Seven men were charged in Ortega's death. None of the other five has been tried yet.


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  • kopfjaeger2001 Nov 11, 2008

    Kills a child and gets life? He needs a red jumpsuit and a needle in the arm. All child killers should be put down hard and now.

  • Adelinthe Nov 11, 2008

    Death penalty for anyone who murders a child. PERIOD!!!


    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • lane817 Nov 11, 2008

    bring back public hangings!!

  • Just the facts mam Nov 11, 2008

    They got off easy - a young child is dead due to them and one of them gets free health care for life, free housing, 3 free meals a day, watch TV all day, gets to hang out with his buddies and does not have to work - sounds like he got the better end of this deal...

  • IceCreamMan Nov 11, 2008

    two words - Death penalty

  • ljcs357 Nov 11, 2008

    $60,000 is a lot of weed.

    Nice try. Someone in the house has moving units. They need be charged with murder and put away too.

  • ccs1920 Nov 11, 2008

    bill52674/ The word WEED is not in the story.

  • Tired Of Excuses Nov 11, 2008

    Shot a child in the head, just like that. I hope Mom gets some new room mates....very sad.

  • bill52674 Nov 11, 2008

    $60,000 is a lot of weed. Hope he goes away for a long time.

  • Wake1 Nov 11, 2008

    Life in prison is too good for him!