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New Bern man pleads guilty to killing man for money in 2015

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) - A New Bern man has pleaded guilty to murdering a man for money in 2015.

Quentin Thigpen, 22, was sentenced to 23-29 years in prison.

Covair Frost was shot six times as he stepped outside his girlfriend's apartment located in the Craven Terrace community on April 20, 2015.

Frost was a Jones County High School graduate and athletic standout who was employed by Jones-Onslow EMC.

Thigpen was identified as the shooter and the New Bern Police Department captured him while he was running away.

Authorities said Thigpen was in possession of a .40 caliber handgun.

Thigpen attempted to get rid of the gunshot residue on his hands by spitting on them and wiping them on his shirt, authorities said.

Forensic testing showed gunshot residue on the shirt Thigpen was wearing.

Days before the incident, Frost attended a concert organized by Damien Brown.

Frost was involved in a fight with an associate of Brown's at the event.

The police arrived at the scene and the concert got canceled.

District Attorney Scott Thomas said Brown, a convicted drug dealer, offered $2,500 to anyone who could "lay hands" on Frost.

Authorities interpreted that as a contract to kill Frost.

Evidence showed Thigpen had shot and killed Frost in respond to Brown's offer.

Brown was charged, tried and convicted in federal court for offenses involving drugs and guns.

Judge Foster recommended Thigpen get vocational training while in prison and to be placed in a special gang identification program.

Thigpen was also ordered to repay Frost's family the costs of the funeral.


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