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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The final two suspects charged with the murder of a Cape Fear Community College student are headed to prison for decades.

Jasmine Dottin and Daniel Henry both pleaded guilty today to multiple charges, including second degree murder.

It’s been 18 months since Joshua Proutey was murdered in downtown Wilmington.

“We have one bullet and four murderers,” District Attorney Ben David said.

The last two of those killers pleaded guilty to their crimes Thursday. Dottin and Henry will spend the next 25 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Dottin waited in the car the night of Dec. 13, 2012, as Henry, Christopher Cromartie and Quintel Grady looked for someone to rob. They found Proutey leaving work at the Community Arts Center at 2nd and Orange streets. Grady shot and killed the 19-year-old Proutey.

Thursday, Henry and Dottin pleaded guilty to second degree murder and other charges.

“You hunt in a pack and your are culpable for the kill,” David said.

Cameras were not allowed in the court room as several of Proutey’s relatives confronted Henry and Dottin.

“I did not want an opportunity to pass that I would later regret,” Proutey’s mother Patty said.

She asked Henry what he was thinking and told him how hurt she was that he took the sandwich josh had after he was killed. She said she has trouble finding words for dottin, saying, “You are a girl. You have to have something inside you.”

But Patty Proutey says her faith that has allowed her to forgive all four.

“I am called to a higher standard because of my Christian beliefs,” Patty Proutey said.

She prays she can find peace.

“I hope to in the coming days, when the reeling stops and my head stops spinning and my stomach stops churning and my body stops trembling,” she said.

During today’s hearing, Henry apologized to Proutey’s family and his own. He also apologized to the community for making them feel unsafe in downtown Wilmington.

The two other suspects in the robbery and shooting death of Proutey have already pleaded guilty.

In December, Grady pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the case. The 23-year-old is servfing a life sentence for the crime.

In April, a judge sentenced Cromartie to at least 35 years in prison after the 24-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Prosecutors say the four robbed Proutey of a cell phone, a sandwich and $10 before Grady shot and killed him.

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  • Cracker

    Convicted murderer Christopher Cromartie was on the District Attorney’s blue ribbon crime commission and in a leadership of youth gang diversion role prior to robbing and killing Josh Proutey. Christopher Cromartie needed gas money to get to New York to see his infant son is why they went looking for some white people to rob, because white people, in their mind have more money to hand over when robbed. Christopher Cromartie never hated white people for the white issue. He just saw them as having money.

  • Guest Reply Redux

    Doesn’t NC have “The Death Sentence? All these murders are plea bargained for 30 years to life…but no executions for murder in the 1st degree???

    By the way…does Ben David represent Brian Berger in any way shape or form?
    What’s the latest on the Police Officer that shot and killed the 18 year old Keith Vidal in Boiling Springs Lake several months ago?
    There’s a follow up story for you WWAYnot!


  • NHSO 44

    He would much rather plea them out than do the right thing.
    Because he is Weak! He fits in very well with the cheif and sheriff!

    Why didn’t those two speak up about this being a Hate Crime?
    It meets every element for the charge and then some!
    What terrible leadership we have here! Truly Guttless Cowards!

  • Heimie Schmelter

    Oh, that’s right, they only care about black people…when it’s convenient for them.

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