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Archive for June, 2012

US Supreme Court ruling affects NC sentencing laws

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down automatic sentences of life in prison without parole for people under 18 years of age means North Carolina lawmakers likely will have to revisit state sentencing laws.

The justices voted 5-4 Monday to throw out mandatory life in prison without parole for juveniles nationwide. North Carolina is one of nearly 30 states that make life without parole the mandatory sentence for some form of murder for young people.

Juveniles already can’t receive the death penalty.

An attorney with North Carolina’s sentencing commission said legislators likely will have to create some post-conviction procedure to allow a jury or judge to determine the appropriate sentence.

The future of 25 prisoners currently serving life without parole for crimes committed under age 18 is unclear.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down automatic sentences of life in prison without parole for people under 18 years of age means North Carolina lawmakers likely will have to revisit state sentencing laws.

The justices voted 5-4 Monday to throw out mandatory life in prison without parole for juveniles nationwide. North Carolina is one of nearly 30 states that make life without parole the mandatory sentence for some form of murder for young people.

Juveniles already can’t receive the death penalty.

An attorney with North Carolina’s sentencing commission said legislators likely will have to create some post-conviction procedure to allow a jury or judge to determine the appropriate sentence.

The future of 25 prisoners currently serving life without parole for crimes committed under age 18 is unclear.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Marine lance corporal killed in Afghanistan

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) – Military officials say a Marine lance corporal based at Camp Lejeune has died in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced Monday that 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Hunter D. Hogan of Norman, Ind., died June 23 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province.

Hogan was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Hearing on virtual Charter School

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina judge is hearing arguments on whether a for-profit company should get taxpayer money to operate a virtual charter school that offers students online-only classes.

The hearing began Monday in Wake County before Superior Court Judge Abraham Penn Jones.

Despite opposition from state schools officials, the North Carolina Virtual Academy won approval from an administrative law judge last month to begin enrolling students this fall. The school would be run by K12 Inc., a Virginia company that manages online schools in 29 states.

The State Board of Education appealed that ruling with the support of the North Carolina School Boards Association. With an anticipated enrollment of about 2,700 students, the virtual charter school would potentially draw millions in government support away from public school systems across the state.

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Family of murdered delivery driver speaks out, trust fund set up for donations

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As six involved in the murder of Chinese delivery driver Zhen Bo Liu await trial, his family is left wondering how this could happen.

On Monday, WWAY met with his widow, Yin Mei Fu, who flew from China, and his son, Yu Ziu, and daughter in law who traveled from Canada. They say Zhen had planned to move back home in a few months.

“I try not to think at that moment what happened to him. I really can’t imagine somebody so cold blooded,” says Wei Wei Liu, daughter in law of Zhen Bo Liu, who spoke in behalf of his widow and son.

60-year old Liu had moved to Wilmington five years ago, working to save up enough money to retire with his wife in China. His family says he only had a few months left.

“He already mailed his stuff back home. His clothes and a lot of stuff and he said he would enjoy retirement after,” Wei Wei Liu says.

Liu died while on the job, delivering an order for China King. After shooting Liu twice, his suspected killers sat down to eat the $48 meal just a short distance away from where police found his body slumped in a car.

Police say 15-year-old Mustafaa Friend shot Liu in the foot and say 20-year-old Cornell Dwayne Haugabook Jr. shot him in the face. Both are charged with murder.

As they plan to bring Liu’s body back home, his widow hopes to see justice brought to those involved.

“We wanted to know what happened to his killers,” Wei Wei says. “We want to see them deserve what they did.”

As the three deal with funeral arrangements in Wilmington, the rest of Liu’s family in China still has no idea what happened.

“We haven’t really told them we saw his body yet,” Wei Wei says. “But, they are still praying for him. They are still hoping it’s not him. Hopefully he can rest in peace.”

The family is setting up a trust fund for his widow to offset funeral and travel expenses. Donations can be mailed or delivered to the offices of Alley Register McEachern at 701 N. 4th Street in Wilmington, or at any local Wells Fargo branch. Any checks should be made payable to “Alley Register McEachern Trust Account FBO Zhen Bo Liu.”

There are funeral expenses and unexpected travel expenses which are expected to amount to about $10,000, which the family hopes to offset by donations.

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Oak Island man pleads guilty to peeping

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Christopher Palmore Johnson also had child pornography on his computer.

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