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Rocky Mount man pleads guilty to murder

Posted August 2, 2011

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— A judge sentenced a Rocky Mount man to more than 18 years in prison on Monday in connection with a woman's slaying more than a year ago.

Ronald Carlton Hicks Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the Jan. 13, 2010, death of Melissa Jo Wise.

Wise, 38, was found dead inside a room at the Executive Inn in Rocky Mount. She had been strangled, WITN-TV reported.

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  • are you kidding me Aug 2, 2011

    this deserves repeating...not enough time...not enough time

  • sammyg Aug 2, 2011

    Sorry, not enough time for this kind of crime.

  • lawdawgs90 Aug 2, 2011

    For all you asking how and why its not the judges fault the DA gives the terms of the plea and in the 7th district Nash,Edgecombe,and Wilson its plea or dismiss the DA does not have the ability to take a case to trial and win.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 2, 2011

    Yep, we need to seriously review our sentence structure of crimes. Eighteen years for a person life. Just because he plead bargain.

  • kodac31 Aug 2, 2011

    Drug Traffickers get more Prison time than this murderer! Time to redue the sentencing structure for 2nd Degree Murder immediately! It should be a minimum sentence of 30 years, after which you are eligible for parole. 18 years is shameful and the judge who gave that sentence should have been named in this report! The people deserve to know who the Judge is so they can vote him off the bench for giving out such light sentences to murderers!

  • wildcat Aug 2, 2011

    Justice was served. May he now get justice in the prison.

  • luvmyjackrascal Aug 2, 2011

    Wow - what happend to life in prison for killing someone? I hope I am gone before he gets out!

  • Lead by Example Aug 2, 2011

    Second Degree Murder needs to become a "B1" Felony in this state; 18 years is not enough time in prison.

  • MikeTysonsPunchOut Aug 2, 2011

    What the heck? Strangled a lady & got 2nd degree and "more than 18 years"? This guy got off easy & in 18 years he's going to do it again.