Suspect receives life sentence for execution-style murder of Chapel Hill man
Posted June 3, 2014
Hillsborough, N.C. — The last of a half-dozen people charged in the execution-style shooting of a 20-year-old Chapel Hill man nearly six years ago was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Brandon Hamilton Greene, 31, was found guilty Friday of murder and kidnapping in the death of Joshua McCabe Bailey, whose body was found Sept. 12, 2008, near Jordan Lake in Chatham County.
Prosecutors argued that Greene and others were part of a group that burglarized homes to get money to buy drugs and that Bailey was killed after suspicions that he was helping police investigating the group.
Investigators say the group confronted Bailey,
bound and beat him and drove him to a wooded area in Orange County, where they shot him in the back of the head.
They buried him in a shallow grave and, weeks later, reburied him near Jordan Lake.
Greene was also sentenced to six to eight years in prison on a charge of conspiracy to commit kidnapping.
Brian Gregory Minton, 24, whom authorities say was the ringleader of the group, is also serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for the crime. He was found guilty in 2012 of first-degree murder.
The other defendants in the case were convicted on lesser charges.