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Man gets prison time in death of store customer

GREENSBORO — A convenience store customer whose life was taken by a stray bullet fired during a fight in 2016 received some justice last week.

Delrico Smith, 25, of 1710 Broad Ave., who faced a first-degree murder charge, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 31-year-old Cedric Antonio Willoughby, according to Howard Neumann, the chief assistant district attorney of Guilford County.

Superior Court Judge Ed Wilson sentenced Smith to a minimum of 16 years and 5 months in prison.

Police said Smith had been part of two groups fighting each other in the early-morning hours of April 2016 outside a Citgo gas station on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Greensboro.

Smith pulled out a gun and fired — but accidentally struck Willoughby, who had been waiting to check out of the convenience store.

capitol arrests:

Protesters at N.C. Legislative Building arrested

RALEIGH — More than a dozen people have been arrested at North Carolina’s Legislative Building while demonstrating against Republican policies in the state and the nation.

Authorities led away seven protesters in front of Senate leader Phil Berger’s office Monday afternoon and six at House Speaker Tim Moore’s office and charged them with second-degree trespassing.

More than 100 demonstrators backing the national Poor People’s Campaign had entered the building.

Authorities say those arrested refused to leave after complaints that their chants and singing caused disruptions.

abc stores:

Agency says reform has led to rise in profitability

RALEIGH — The General Assembly’s watchdog agency says more Alcoholic Beverage Control stores have become profitable and efficient since the legislature approved reforms eight years ago.

The Program Evaluation Division released its report Monday looking at results from a 2010 law giving the state ABC board the ability to force local boards to meet performance standards or face the closure of their poorly-run liquor stores.

drug bust:

Deputies seize more than 100 liquid gallons of drug

LINDEN — Harnett County sheriff’s deputies have seized more than 100 gallons of liquid methamphetamine hidden in an unlikely place: a semi-truck’s fuel tank.

Deputies discovered 120 gallons of methamphetamine in a 2009 Peterbuilt truck near the 100 block of Will Lucas Road near Linden.

If the liquid were cooked into crystallized form, the resulting 454 kilograms of crystal meth would carry a street value close to $90.8 million.

— Staff and Wire Reports

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