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Massachusetts Court Convicts Apex Man

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NEW BEDFORD — A North Carolina man charged in a botched robbery at a McDonald's has been convicted of second-degree murder for killing his accomplice.

A Massachusetts jury found Kevin Jackmon, who had lived in Apex at one time, guilty of killing Demarco Traynum, 22. Police say they were partners in an attempted robbery-turned-hostage standoff in April, 1998. Jackmon, 31, was arrested in Raleigh after two months on the run.

Jackmon was charged with 38 criminal counts, including kidnapping and assault, and was convicted Wednesday of all but two of them. He was acquitted of firing shots at two New Bedford police officers.

Judge John Tierney sentenced him to three terms of life in prison: one for the murder; one for the taking of 15 hostages; and one for armed robbery. He won't be eligible for parole for at least 28 years.

The defense had argued that Traynum committed suicide during the siege.


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