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Garry Hines pleads guilty in 2011 death

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington man accused of murder took a plea deal at the last minute.

A trial was supposed to start this afternoon for Garry Orlando Hines, 20. But before the jury even came in Hines pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Cornelius Blanks, 20. Blanks was shot and killed during an early-morning fight in May 2011 outside Club 609 in Wilmington.

In court, the judge said it was his understanding that some witnesses, who he believes may have been involved in gangs, refused to testify.

Talks of a plea deal circled around the courthouse last Wednesday, but no one could confirm whether Hines was offered a deal or what that deal might have been. Jury selection began later that day with trial set to begin today. But just minutes before the jury was supposed to head to the courtroom, Hines accepted a plea deal for voluntary manslaughter.

Hines also faced several heroin-related charges in an unrelated case. The judge says those charges were in the plea agreement.

Tthe judge says Hines will serve 51-71 months in prison.

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PEOPLE ALWAYS HAVE SUMTHING

PEOPLE ALWAYS HAVE SUMTHING TO SAY!!! IF DIS WAS YOUR FAMILY MEMBER IT WUD BE OKAY!!! I FEEL LIKE EVERYONE SHOULD KEEP THERE MOUTH CLOSE ON DIS CASE!!! BETTER YET FIND HIS BROTHER ALQUAN... PEOPLE MIND THERE OWN!!! KEEP YO HEAD UP LIL GARRY & RASHWAN...

Too good

If "DIS WAS MY FAMILY MEMBER" I'd be embarrassed. I wouldn't try to defend him. Especially since he took a plea deal of guilty knowing he would be convicted of this crime. Maybe you need to keep your mouth closed because the noncriminal population is getting tired of criminals and the useless people like yourself that help & support them.

We would gladly mind our own, you just keep these POS thugs out of the news. Yea, wee Garry is a great guy. Not.

Really

What about the family of the person he killed. Are they to keep their "heads up to" How can you say that when this took a life...'Really'

WOW Less than five years for

WOW Less than five years for selling herion on the streets and murder. What a joke. With time served he could be out in 2015. Soon as he gets out someone will be after him or he will be after someone. His little brother missing probably dead and the rival gang will still want revenge. Do you really think that sentence is long enough to "rehab" this convict? Worst case he wins a his case and gets out. Save few tax dollars and let the lowlifes deal with each other.its gonna happen too soon either way. Best case he losses trial and gets life. At least the court can say they tried and used tax money on something legit. Great American Justice System.

4 years?

4 years for murder?! no wounder we have a crime problem.

I think this is crazy! He

I think this is crazy! He admitted to killing this young man and only get 51/57 months. I dont understand! He took away someone father, son, friend, cousin ect and all the justice this family gets is 51-57 months. The justice system has failed in my opinion!

Senseless

How are people who murder someone getting less time than 1st & 2nd time non-violent drug offenders who's crime was only trying to feed their family?? The system is flawed & makes no sense to me. I'm sure this was a slap in the face to the victims family. Really really sad. Something needs to be done. Murder= 5 years Selling an illegal drug=15 years.......makes no sense.