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Man pleads guilty in Henderson store clerk's death

Posted November 16, 2010 10:43 a.m. EST
Updated November 16, 2010 11:10 a.m. EST

— One of two men charged with killing a Vance County convenience store clerk two years ago pleaded guilty Monday to the slaying, authorities said.

Saadi T. Williams, 22, of Henderson, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the Aug. 29, 2008, shooting death of Fadaq Ali Mohommed Alashmali and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Alashmali, 31, of Henderson, was killed during a robbery of the Williamsboro Grocery, at 7690 N.C. Highway 39 North. Authorities said he exchanged gunfire with the robbers during the hold-up.

Demarius Antoine Benson, 21, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the case. His trial is pending.

Authorities said Benson shot at another person inside the convenience store during the robbery. That person wasn't injured.