Two plead guilty in Clayton man's shooting death
Posted May 6
Smithfield, N.C. — Two men pleaded guilty Tuesday to a half-dozen charges in the death of a Clayton man killed during a home invasion nearly three years ago.
Adam Brent Elliott, 27, of 325 Merchant Drive, Angier, and Johnathan Scott Simpkins, 23, of 5203 Old Stage Road, Raleigh, were each sentenced to 36 to 47 years in prison on the charges, which include second-degree murder, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon and felonious breaking and entering.
According to Johnston County Assistant District Attorney Davis Weddle, Arturo Cordoba Gomez, 30, of 59 Booker Court, Clayton, died Sept. 9, 2011, after the men and two other people broke into the home and shot Gomez three times, including once to the back of the head.
The four people left the home after finding nothing to steal, Weddle said.
Elliott and Simpkins also pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm into occupied property.