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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A federal judge sentenced a Wilmington man to life in prison for a 2011 shooting and drug deal in the Hillcrest Housing Community.

Earlier this year a jury convicted Willis Sarvis, 35, on a drug distribution charge and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Last year he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon.

On March 18, 2011, Wilmington Police responded to Hillcrest Housing Community about a man who was shot. Roshad Donta Jenkins later died from his injuries. The investigation revealed that during the course of a drug deal, Jenkins had been shot twice with an assault rifle. Prosecutors say there were numerous shell casings from the rifle in the area and bullets hit two homes.

The US Attorney’s Office says the investigation quickly focused on Sarvis, who had left the rifle with a friend who gave the rifle over to law enforcement. When police found Sarvis, he confessed to selling Jenkins two small bags of PCP and shooting him when they began to fight. Sarvis claimed the shooting was in self-defense.

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