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Family of Johnston man killed in Wilmington parking lot to get $1.9M

Posted December 11, 2015 8:24 a.m. EST
Updated December 11, 2015 11:14 a.m. EST

— The insurance company for the city of Wilmington will pay $1.9 million to the family of a college student who was shot and killed three years ago in a city parking lot.

Local media outlets report while the settlement was reached earlier, the amount that will be paid to the family of Joshua Proutey was not announced until this week.

The 19-year-old Proutey, a West Johnston High School graduate and Cape Fear Community College student, was confronted in an unpaved, unlit city parking lot in December of 2012 by three robbers. One of them shot and killed the teen.

Proutey's family sued, saying the city was negligent because the parking lot wasn't lit and the city didn't exercise care in keeping the lot safe.

As part of the settlement, the victim's family agreed to dismiss their lawsuit.

Quintell Raheem Grady pleaded guilty two years ago to first-degree murder and several other charges and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Christopher Daniel Cromartie Jr. pleaded guilty last year to second-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon and was sentenced to at least 35 years in prison.