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Raleigh Man Convicted in Drive-By Slaying

Posted July 11, 2007 8:28 a.m. EDT
Updated July 11, 2007 3:24 p.m. EDT

— A Raleigh man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole after he was found guilty of gunning down a teen last year in a drive-by shooting.

Jurors deliberated for the better part of three days before convicting Michael Jones, 20, of first-degree murder in what police say was a gang-related shooting.

Jamal Jefferys, 19, was shot and killed June 3, 2006, on Beauty Avenue in Raleigh. Police said a three-car caravan drove down the street, and at least two shooters fired at Jefferys in broad daylight.

Four bullets hit the teen as he stood outside his home with friends.

Fifteen people were charged in the case, and 13 have pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Some of the co-defendants testified against Jones, the only person to be tried in the slaying.