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Trio of prison sentences in Raleigh murder

Posted January 25

Ashton Traevon Champion, left, Christopher Rodney Jones, and Isaiah Freeman McFarland

— Three men were sentenced to prison Wednesday for a 2015 murder in southeast Raleigh.

James Elvin Alston III, 23, was gunned down in the 700 block of Quarry Road, about two blocks east of Ligon Middle School, on July 2, 2015.

Christopher Rodney Jones, 23, of Raleigh, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 to 25 years in prison, with credit for the time he's been in jail awaiting trial.

Ashton Traevon Champion, 23, of Raleigh, also pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to between 12 and 15½ years in prison, with credit for time served.

"I can't speak for my whole family, but I accept your apology," Alston's uncle told Champion. "I can't speak for my family members. Some are still mad at you. But what I want you to do now (is) pray and have a safe road in the system."

Isaiah Freeman McFarland, 28, of Raleigh, was sentenced to 7-1/3 to 9¾ years in prison as an accessory after the fact of murder.

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  • Norman Lewis Jan 27, 2017
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    I wish felons that commit violent crimes like murder served their full sentences with no reductions or "concurrent" sentences to reduce the severity of their acts. For example, first degree burglary, possession of a firearm by a felon, assault with a deadly weapon, possibly even first degree kidnapping if someone were to break in a home to rob it and take the person with them to force an ATM withdrawal, put that person if fear of their lives and the criminal may get 4 separate charges, serve one sentence and have the rest run at the same time. This felon could get out in 10 years, back on the street bragging to his buddies how bad he is in stead of spending more than 20 years in prison as he should.