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Convicted killer sentenced to life without parole

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WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- It was a case that broke when the teen suspects bragged at school about a murder.

Today the victim's own nephew found out how he would be punished for the crime.

Monday a Columbus County jury found Marquice Antone guilty of killing his uncle. Tuesday a judge sentenced him to life in prison without parole.

In a letter read in court during sentencing, Wanda Gachett, widow of victim Keith Gachett, wrote, "On April 13, 2012, my life as I knew it came to an end. The man I loved for 26 years and was married to for just three years was gone!"

Investigators say her nephew Antone and two other teens robbed Keith Gachett at his Hallsboro home and shot him in the head.

"You stole his life for what, guns?" Gachette's children wrote in another letter. "He was always looking out for you, and how did you repay him? You took his life."

In court Antone said he grew up without a relationship with his father for the majority of his life. Although he said he was not in a gang, he admitted hanging around with members of the Bloods.

"While a young man is going to prison for the rest of his life without the possibility of parole, that is certainly not a happy moment. It reminds us all that there is responsibility for criminal behavior," District Attorney Jon David said.

Another suspect, Kenneth Williams, pleaded guilty earlier this year. Tarrence Hazel, the third co-defendant, is still waiting trail.

Antone's family was emotional leaving the court house Tuesday morning and did not want to comment.

First-degree murder usually carries an automatic sentence of life without parole, but because Antone was under 18 at the time of the murder, the judge had the choice to sentence him to life with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

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ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS THAT

ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS THAT YALL IS WRONG FOR POSTING ALL OF THIS STUUF ON THE INTERNET CALLING THE BOY A SCUM AND STUFF, AND IF YOU DONT WONT YOUR TAX PAYING MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF HIM QUIT YOUR DANG JOB UGH PEOPLE LIKE YOU JUST MAKES ME SICK TO MY STOMACH. NOW DONT GET ME WRONG YES HE DID WRONG AND YES IT WAS A MISTAKE THAT HE HAD MADE HELL I BET NONE OF YALL CANT TELL ME THAT YALL HAD NEVER MADE A MISTAKE IN YALL LIFE SMH. AND I BET MOST OF YALL THAT SITTING HERE POSTING ALL THESE NEGATIVE COMMENTS ARE SUPPOSE TO BE CHRISTAINS. NOW DID YALL FORGET ABOUT FORGIVENESS? SMH PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD TODAY, BUT ANYWAY R.I.P MR. KEITH YOU WILL BE MISSED..

I WAS CELL MATES WITH MARQUICE FOR 6 MONTHS.

I just wanted to put out that me and him were 17 locked up in a cell for 22 hours a day.we grew a friendship. Even tho i knew what he was in for. He cried a few nights tht a remember. He was a good person. He didnt hang out with gang members in there. He was very immature.he goofed around alot. Hes a kid. I am too. He didnt deserve this. If anyone wants to help him get up with me.

It's hard to feel sorry for

It's hard to feel sorry for anyone who chose to murder someone, especially when he murdered a family member. If he was truly a good person, he wouldn't have killed human being.

Amazing

It's amazing how there's such strong opinions present here but scroll a few stories down and you'll read that a 17 year old sexually assaulted TWO kids and he'll probably get a slap on the wrist and the world will feel bad for him and his family.

Keith Gachette

Unfortunately my tax dollars have to go towards taking care of one of my best friends murderers! While I am glad they were caught, the true satisfaction is knowing they will never sleep in their own beds nor will they eat a good home cooked meal again! Rest easy Keith, two down, one more to go! AIRBORNE!

ummm

well number one you do not know what you are talking about. number two you was not there to know who killed mr keith and number three if you don't wanna pay to take care of him stop paying taxes and stop working and I repeat STOP DAMN PAYING YOUR TAXES AND STOP DAMN WORKING. and that's all I have to say cause all yall doing is trying to bash my cousin. and you don't even know if somebody threat him or what ever so if you don't have nothing to say nice keep it to yourself. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sadly...

we taxpayers are going to provide this scumbag a roof over his head, hot meals, cable tv, and other amenities for the rest of his life while he contributes nothing worthwhile to society...just as he did before he pulled the trigger.

Pros & Cons

Yes it does suck that our tax money will put a roof over his head and provide him with food. However look at it this way, the foot will not be high end hamburger, steak, fried chicken (won't be what the brother wants). Also his freedom is gone, he will never get to hang out with his friends, family again. Every atep he takes will be watched by an officer. He will never be able to attend another party, drink, do drugs, and most of all never be able to hurt or kill anyone. That is the most important thing here.

Yes I agree it suck our tax money is paying his room and board plus food but you can't put a price on freedom. Which he will never get to have again. His freedom is gone. He chose to take the freedom and the life of someone else and now the judicial system is doing the same to him. No more hanging out with the bros, smoking, drinking, gang banging, shooting, stealing. His life is over, he is behind bars for the rest of his life.

Another low life thug taking off the streets

He gained more than he lost.

There is just as much drugs in prison as there is on the streets, so if you think he will not be able to party or do drugs you are fooling yourself. They make their own home brew in prison so he can drink also. As far as you say he cant kill anyone? Are you kidding, there are murders in prison just as there are outside of prison. The officers are at risk every day, they lock them selves in with this SCUM. So everything you say he can't do in prison is far from reality. If you are given life for what ever crime you should be executed! No reason to pay for your worthless life behind bars for you to act just as you did outside of prison, so again if you are sentenced to life they should execute that person the same day. It would be better for society if we had an actual penalty for committing a violent crime. Most time going to jail you don't loose anything, he will still be hanging with new "Bro's", drinking and doing drugs just as he did on the streets.

sadly

we'll probably pay for a college education and down the road see a group of mamby-pamby liberals plead for his release due to his age and the sentence severity.

On the other hand, his youth will lead to a full dance card nightly.

enjoy

Enjoy your new home. Bring some lube.

Where he's going, they provide all the....

...lube he'll need. It consists of quartz-silica sand and rusty metal filings from the machine shop.

Buh bye.

Buh bye.