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Wendell man pleads guilty in teen's shooting death

Posted July 12, 2013

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— A Wendell man was sentenced Thursday to 13 to 25 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to the December shooting death of a neighbor, authorities said.

Robert Keith Furey, 55, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of 15-year-old Nick Exley, who lived across the street from Furey.

Prosecutors said Furey was showing a rifle to Exley and a friend when the gun went off, killing the Corinth Holders High School freshman.

That is what Furey told Johnston County deputies who investigated the case, although he told a different story when he called 911 to report the shooting. Then, he told a dispatcher that he shot Exley when the teen unexpectedly walked into his home.

"This was such a tragic case for all the parties involved," Assistant Johnston County District Attorney Davis Weddle said in a statement. "The victim's family understood that the state could not proceed on anything more than involuntary manslaughter based upon the facts, and they were satisfied with the plea and the sentence."

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  • Rebelyell55 Jul 12, 2013

    Glad this was in NC and not Florida.

  • MPS Jul 12, 2013

    Why is it so difficult for some to understand firearm safety rules?

    Always assume every gun is loaded. Never point a gun at anything you don't want to kill/destroy. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. Simple stuff and it saves lives.