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Second suspect pleads guilty to killing Wilmington college student

Posted April 7, 2014

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— One of four people charged with killing a Johnston County man in Wilmington in late 2012 was sentenced Monday to at least 35 years in prison after pleading guilty in the case.

Cape Fear Community College student Joshua Proutey was robbed on a downtown Wilmington street on Dec. 13, 2012, and was shot in the head as he got into his car to leave, police said.

The 19-year-old was a West Johnston High School graduate who planned to enlist in the Marines.

Christopher Daniel Cromartie Jr., 24, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Quintell Raheem Grady, 23, the man authorities say pulled the trigger, pleaded guilty in December to first-degree murder and several other charges and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The cases against two other defendants, Jasmine Nikole Dottin and Daniel Edward Henry, are pending.


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  • Bartmeister Lives Apr 7, 2014

    Well based on the article, no need in having to see all of the convicted and pending suspects to get an idea about who did this. No real surprises here.

  • Joel Rado Apr 7, 2014
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    They took an innocent life at a very young age. The family is devastated by the loss of their son. They had no right to murder this young man. I would give all four of them the same exact sentence. We cannot be nice to these low-life criminals. Justice has to be served.

  • ncprr1 Apr 7, 2014

    He planned to enlist in the Marines. Some just can't give enough to ever satisfy the takers of the world. Anything less than first degree murder for all four is not justice.

  • SFSOLDIER Apr 7, 2014

    Why second degree? A man was killed in a robbery..everyone involved should have been cahrged with MURDER!!!!!