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Four sentenced in slaying of man, 63, lured to robbery

Posted July 1, 2010 12:16 p.m. EDT
Updated July 1, 2010 2:53 p.m. EDT

— Four people have been sentenced in connection with the May 15, 2008, shooting death of a 63-year-old Fayetteville man in Raleigh.

Raleigh police said that Anthony Wayne Watson, 28, Raphiel Montrail Hunter, 29, Christine Nicole January, 24, and Jessica Ann Dixon, 24, lured Ulice Graham to an area off New Bern Avenue with the intent to rob him. Prosecutors said Watson then shot and killed Graham.

On June 1, a jury found Watson guilty of first-degree murder, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

January, Hunter and Dixon accepted plea agreements and admitted to charges of being accessories after the fact to commit murder and robbery.

On Thursday, January received a six- to eight-year prison sentence, Dixon a four- to six-year sentence and Hunter a nine- to 11½-year sentence.

Prior to the shooting, both Watson and Hunter had lengthy criminal records dating to the late 1990s, according to state Department of Correction records.

Records show that Watson had convictions for selling drugs and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, and Hunter had convictions for conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted breaking and entering and possession of a firearm by a felon, among others.