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New Bern man to spend 20-25 years in prison for murder

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VANCEBORO, N.C. -

A New Bern man will spend the next 20 to 25 years in prison.

On Monday a superior court judge sentenced 22-year-old Angelo Whitehurst to 20 to 25 years in prison. Whitehurst pleaded guilty to second degree murder and attempted armed robbery.

Prosecutors say Whitehurst shot 18-year-old Arvey Bartlett in the back, piercing his heart and lung, in February 2011 near Vanceboro.

"It's been very tough because at the beginning, it was hard, but as time went, it gets even harder because I just be wanting to know what would he be like now?" said Bartlett's mother, Anita Hardy.

On the day of the murder, Bartlett, a West Craven High School graduate, was hanging out on Maul Swamp Road with several people who were smoking pot and shooting target practice, said District attorney Scott Thomas.

He says Whitehurst came up, and tried to rob Bartlett of drugs or money. That's when the two men started shooting at each other.

"In this particular case you had drugs, money, and guns. That's always a dangerous mix," said Thomas.

Another man, 21-year-old Antavious Stancil, also attacked Bartlett, shooting him in the leg, said Thomas.

Stancil was sentenced in July to serve 7 to 8 years in prison. Whitehurst will spend at least two decades in prison.

"I'm satisfied with the sentence because as I say, he pled guilty to exactly what we felt we could have proved in a court," said Thomas.

But for Hardy, no prison sentence can make up for her son's death.

"I always wanted grandkids, so I was robbed of even having the opportunity to have grandkids," said Hardy.

Hardy feels Whitehurst should be sent to prison for life on first degree murder. But the D.A. says the court can only make decisions based on the evidence.

The district attorney says Whitehurst also pleaded guilty to four illegal weapons charges after being caught in jail with a makeshift knife, also known as a shank.

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VANCEBORO, N.C. - Deputies say a second suspect involved in the Vanceboro shooting turned himself in this afternoon.

Authorities say Antavious Stancil turned himself into the Craven County Sheriff's office around 6 p.m.

He's in the Craven County Jail with out bond, he's scheduled to appear in court tomorrow assuming the weather cooperates.

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VANCEBORO, N.C. - Deputies say they need the public's help to locate a second suspect in a Vanceboro murder.

The Craven County Sheriff's Office says they're looking for Antavious Stancil.  He's wanted for murder and is considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information about his whereabouts you're asked to contact  the Craven County Sheriff's Office at 252-636-6620.

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VANCEBORO, N.C. - Deputies say they've arrested a man in a Vanceboro murder.

20 year old Angelo Ronnell Whitehurst was charged with one count of open murder after being released from Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Whitehurst was charged in the murder on 108 Maul Swamp Road that killed 18 year old Avery O'Keith Bartlett Jr.

He's incarcerated under no bond.

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VANCEBORO, N.C. - It's a sound you just don't hear, not here at least.

"In the beginning i didn't know whether it was shots or somebody shooting off firecrackers," said Moses Jones, but he soon found out they weren't firecrackers at all.

"Then it was several, you know, i thought something's going on, and I didn't know whether to get down behind the truck or not," Jones said,

Down Moss Swamp Lane is where the Craven County Sheriff's office says the shooting happened.

Right out front of Brenda Mayes' home.

Ms. Brenda, as they call her, wasn't home last night. She'd gone shopping with her daughter and it turns out it's a trip that may have saved her life.

She found this yellow crime scene tape greeting her as she got home this morning,  Ms. Brenda says she's glad she wasn't home, but doesn't know that home will ever be the same.

"I came home this morning, and this is what I found," she said pointing at her bullet-riddled front porch, inside some went all the way through.

"Yea, I'm scared a little bit, yeah, look, it could been my life," Ms. Brenda said, but she also hurts for the life that was lost.

She doesn't know the two men, or how they ended up in her front yard.

"Yeah I'm glad I wont here, but it hurts," she cried. 

For Ms. Brenda it hurts to know that something so violent happened so close, and it hurts to think about what may have been had she been home.

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One person is dead, and another one person is seriously injured after a gunfight.

Sheriff Jerry Monette says two men got into an altercation off Maul Swamp Rd. in Vanceboro around 6 p.m. He says one man was fatally shot, the other was airlifted to PCMH for treatment.

Authorities say at this time, it appears the two were shooting at each other, and that no one else was involved.

Sheriff Monette says one of the men is from New Bern, the other is from Greenville, but authorities aren't releasing their names at this time.

The investigation is on-going.

 

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