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Guilty plea ends tow-truck driver's shooting case

James Taylor Jr., 24, was sentenced to 25 to 30 months in prison.

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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — The  man charged with shooting a Rocky Mount tow-truck driver on New Year's Day 2007 pleaded guilty Tuesday, bringing his trial to an abrupt end.

N.C. Superior Court Judge J. Richard Parker sentenced James Taylor Jr., 24, of 717 Starling Way in Rocky Mount, to 25 to 30 months in prison, according to the Rocky Mount district attorney's office.

William Corbett, 25, was shot when he tried to tow a car parked outside a business across from a nightclub on North Church Street, police said. Witnesses said a large group of people left the club at about the same time Corbett was hooking the illegally parked car to his wrecker, and they surrounded him.

One man in the crowd pulled a gun, shot Corbett in the chest and fled, police said.