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Two more teens plead guilty in Raleigh greenway murder

Posted August 20

Tereise Massenburg

— A teenager charged in the beating death of a homeless man found dead along a Raleigh running trail two years ago could be out of prison by the end of the year after a guilty plea Wednesday.

Initially charged with first-degree murder, Tereise Massenburg, 17, pleaded guilty to accessory to robbery with a dangerous weapon in the death of Regynald Jose Brown.

A Superior Court judge sentenced Massenburg to 20 to 33 months in prison, with credit for time served.

Friends found Brown, 37, in a trash can inside a drainage tunnel along the Walnut Creek Trail near Hammond Road. He hadn't been seen for more than a month and had been reported missing two weeks earlier.

Massenburg was one of five teenagers arrested in the case and one of two who pleaded guilty Wednesday to reduced charges.

Raheem Hall, 16, was sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Last week, Angel Sean Muniz, 17, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.

Wake County prosecutors say Brown was a target of the teens who robbed homeless men on the greenway to raise their street credibility.

Brown was kicked and punched until he was unconscious, and the teens tossed his body into the woods nearby. Muniz picked up a large rock and hit him in the head with it three times.

They returned several days later to conceal Brown's body in a trash can.

Two other suspects remain charged in the case – a boy who was 13 years old at the time and Tyrell Hamilton, who was charged with second-degree murder.

Both are expected to enter pleas Monday.

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  • I-Defy Aug 21, 9:41 a.m.

    No rioting on this mans behalf?

    — Posted by LetsBeFair

    Not when its black on black crime. The victim was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thats what happens in the game. The reason for riots after a cop shoots a black man is because the police dont play the game, and the game is basically a job for a lot of these criminals and the cops prevent them from "working"

  • Confucius say Aug 21, 9:04 a.m.

    What a tragedy, not only for the poor man they tortured and beat to death, but for what are... View More

    — Posted by Julienne

    Exactly! It's due to the breakdown of the family structure in the black community. So many young single mothers with multiple kids and none of the fathers are involved in raising their kids. Young girls are raised to continue the lifestyle and young boys are raised on the street, destined to become just like their absent fathers. It's a shame that this has become the norm.

  • LetsBeFair Aug 21, 9:00 a.m.

    No rioting on this mans behalf?

  • Deb1003 Aug 21, 9:00 a.m.

    Where is the outrage from the black community about this crime? Is it okay to kill a homeless man minding his own business?

  • bdu4dals2 Aug 21, 8:40 a.m.

    You will hear these names again down the road as they kill someone else. System had the chance to get these criminals out of the gene pool and failed to act. Thanks again, lawyers and judges for keeping the people of NC safe.

  • mike275132 Aug 20, 6:10 p.m.

    Another pair of fine NC Citizens....

  • jgriffith3792 Aug 20, 5:42 p.m.

    Another example of how the judicial system is a joke. Not even much of a slap on the wrist - for Murder!

  • scubagirl2 Aug 20, 5:34 p.m.

    Sounds to me as if the judge is afraid of some bad publicity.

    — Posted by COLT45

    agreed! Don't punish murderers no matter the crime, slap them on the wrist....that'll teach em. This 'teen' was old enough to murder, old enough to NOT report it but yet.....a pitiful sentence.

  • COLT45 Aug 20, 5:22 p.m.

    Sounds to me as if the judge is afraid of some bad publicity.

  • Wise Man Says Aug 20, 5:10 p.m.

    This is such a shame. I'm not sure if we should blame the parents or the kids or both. When I was their age doing violence to anyone was the farthest thing from mind. Happily, it's still the farthest thing from my mind.

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