WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man charged in the murder of 22-year-old David McPhatter has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.
Codey Guerrero appeared in a New Hanover County Courtroom and pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of a 2nd degree murder. As a part of the plea deal, a judge dismissed his 1st degree murder charge.
Prosecutors say the conflict began because Guerrero and Robinson wanted McPhatter to join their gang, but he refused. They say during a cookout off Castle St. in Wilmington, Guerrero and Terrell Robinson confronted McPhatter. Prosecutors say Guerrero hit McPhatter. Then, they say Robinson shot McPhatter three times, killing him.
Earlier this year, Robinson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 13 to 17 years in prison.
Guerrero will serve 5 to 7 years in prison.
Guerrero’s friends and family showed up to support him. They say they are satisfied with the outcome.
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