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McNeill Gets Life In Prison

Posted October 18, 1996 12:00 a.m. EDT
Updated August 26, 2010 12:41 p.m. EDT

— Robert McNeill will not follow his brother to death row. The jury in the case against the second McNeill brother to be convicted in the deaths of two men at a Raleigh Food Lion store was deadlocked in a vote of 10 - 2 in favor of sentencing him to death. Judge Donald Stephens, prohibitted by law from ending the deadlock by sentencing McNeill to death, gave him a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for 60 years.

McNeill had tried to fire his attorneys Wednesday in what appeared to be an attempt to avoid the life in prison sentence, but the judge denied that request. Earlier, he reportedly told his attorneys that he wanted to die.

McNeill and his brother, Elmer Ray McNeill, are convicted of killing Michael Truelove and John Ray, both employees at the Food Lion at Six Forks and Strickland Roads in Raleigh.

Robert McNeill is already serving a 23-year sentence for robbing a different Food Lion store in 1993.