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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A killer will not be put to death after he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

In the year since Joshua Proutey was shot and killed in downtown Wilmington, his mother says she has struggled to find the will to live. But as her son’s killer pleaded guilty Thursday, she found the will to forgive the man who took her son’s life.

“This young man touched a lot of lives,” District Attorney Ben David said about Proutey. “He knew no hate.”

Cameras were not allowed in court as Quintel Grady avoided the death penalty the state was seeking by pleading guilty to first-degree murder.

Proutey, 19, was leaving the Hannah Block Community Arts Center when he was shot and killed, Dec. 13, 2012. Investigators believe the killer shot about two to five inches away from Proutey’s head. Detectives say Grady and three others who robbed Proutey made off with $10, a cell phone and a sandwich.

Investigators say a tip led to solving the case after someone overheard one of Grady’s co-defendants bragging about his involvement.

“All calls had gone basically cold, and it was based on that anonymous call that we were able to send this detective (Matt Fox) in,” David said.

Grady’s friends and family say he did not want to plea out, but decided to at the last minute because of money.

“I was told Quintel was given $300 to take this plea,” said Tiesha Sweet, the mother of Grady’s child. “He was denying the plea up until the last two days he was given.”

Grady’s lawyers had no comment about any such arrangement.

Christopher Cromartie, Jasmine Dottin and Daniel Henry still face charges in the case, including murder and robbery.

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38 Comments on "Victim’s mom offers forgiveness as son’s killer pleads guilty"

2015 years 9 months ago

Well my nephew was killed by his mothers boyfriend, and yes it should have been ness worthy so we as a family have been wondering the same thing. so could you please keep smart comments like that to yourself.

2015 years 9 months ago

Can you please leave the child out of this. She is a baby.

2015 years 9 months ago

Sorry not your call. She is the victims mother and the DA can take her suggestions to heart when making a decision. You can feel all the anger you want but you need to learn how things work in a courthouse and in any DA’s office.

2015 years 9 months ago

What a reason to take a life. They should execute all those who perpetrated this crime and it should be painful and extended for as long as possible. Putting them in prison is being to generous.

2015 years 9 months ago

I was a friend of Josh (the boy murdered) and I love his mother for being able to forgive. With the amount of despise that is in my heart for the man who shot him and the men witnessing the murder and being able to eat a murdered man’s sandwich, I have a hard time forgiving… An eye for an eye just makes the whole world blind. Mrs. Proutey understands that just because her loving son was taken from her, a child should not lose their father. She still has some faith in humanity.


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