STARNEWS Reports: New Hanover jury convicts man of first-degree murder in 2013 slaying

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Submitted: Sat, 05/17/2014 - 12:48am
Updated: Sat, 05/17/2014 - 12:57am

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC ( — A New Hanover County man was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder, premeditated murder and felony murder in the April 2013 death of Gilbert Lee McClammy Jr. Shannon Jerome Mitchell, 30, was sentenced to life in prison without parole by New Hanover County Superior Court Judge Jay Hockenbury.

"This is just about the most senseless killing that I've ever seen," Hockenbury said during sentencing. "Very little if any reason for it, other than that the defendant was in a state and somebody had to die, and it was Mr. McClammy."

Mitchell, who was dressed in a dark blue shirt with black pants, addressed McClammy's family during sentencing and said, "I can't take it back, but I would if I could."

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