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Pair plead guilty in Wendell woman's death

Posted July 30, 2008 12:53 p.m. EDT
Updated July 30, 2008 10:27 p.m. EDT

— Two men pleaded guilty on Wednesday to their roles in the slaying of a Wendell woman early last year.

Roderick Ryan Howell, of Knightdale, and Jamie Russell Holder, of Garner, pleaded guilty to being accessories after the fact of murder in the Feb. 12, 2007, death of Nneka Wilson. She was found stabbed to death inside her home, and a threatening message was written on the kitchen floor in her blood.

Wilson's husband, Jakiem Wilson, was convicted three weeks ago of first-degree murder in her death and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Howell and Holder testified during Jakiem Wilson's trial that he told them he planned to kill his wife because she nagged him too much and that he sat and waited with a knife behind his back as she showered.

They said he threatened them if they did not help him clean up after the crime.

Howell was sentenced to 18 to 31 months in prison, which was suspended to two years on probation. Holder was sentenced to 17 to 30 months in prison.