Two more suspects plead guilty in Proutey murder


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Submitted: Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:13pm
Updated: Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:25pm
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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.

15 Comments

  • Heimie Schmelter says:

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

  • NHSO 44 says:

    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!

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    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!

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/06/22205826-family-demanding-answers-after-police-fatally-shoot-mentally-ill-nc-teenager

  • Cracker says:

    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.

  • LEO 21 says:

    Put in the entire comment these 4 losers said please!

    They were looking for someone White to rob!
    I hope they never get out of prison again. I wish we could watch them take their last breath in a Gladiator style fight!
    I’d pay to watch it! I bet you could fill any stadium with that entertainment with these type scum battle each other.

  • Guest123 says:

    Could this be treated as a hate crime? After all they did pick their targets based on racial identity.

  • brandon says:

    this is a hate crime.. but the race of the perps of this crime are immune… have you ever seen any black people charged with a hate crime? just 1??? that brings us to this truth.. either they don’t or they get away with it.

  • kzpony says:

    The boy was killed for NOTHING and obviously these thugs agreed to plead guilty to get less than a death sentence themselves…which is exactly what they deserved.

    Our hard earned tax dollars hard at work again….and will be for the years of these thugs lives…feeding them, clothing them, medical and dental and a roof over their heads.

    Nice work, judicial system. What’s to bet in 10-15 years, most of this crowd will be out on the street again?

  • donka151 says:

    THESE IDIOTS NEED TO HAVE RELATIVES SEND THEM A HEFTY SUPPLY OF SOAP ON A ROPE AND PREPARATION H!! IF IT WAS WHITES KILLING ANY OTHER RACE THE HEADLINES WOULD BE DIFFERENT. MILLION MORON MARCHES,SINCE YOU DONT WORK,YOU HAVE THE TIME OFF. WEIRD AL SHARPTON, JESSIE THE KING OF AFFAIRS,ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN, ALONG WITH JAILBIRD SON WOULD BE PROTESTING.THERE ARE GREAT PEOPLE OF ALL COLORS IN THIS COMMUNITY THAT ARE SICK OF THE FEW LOSERS HERE.

  • Wilmington Knowitall says:

    Why after the Wilmington 10 were pardoned by the Governor for being falsely imprisoned by him, why do we still have W. Allen Cobb’s name on our courthouse? Does this help at all with Black on White violence? I think Not.

  • Bill O'Brien says:

    Why were they even given the option of a plea bargain? Ben David will accept a plea bargain for virtually any crime presented to him and we should all be sick and tired of it. These criminal thugs intentionally targeted a WHITE innocent kid who had doen nothing to anyone. He was just happened to be in the wrong place…WILMINGTON! This is the town where gang banging thug trash can prey on everyone, kill, rape, and rob whoever they want and then they are guaranteed to get a break in Ben David’s courtroom. What a clown!

  • Bill O'Brien says:

    I am sick and tired of Ben David talking a tough game in front of cameras…”one bullet and four murderers”. It is a great and dramatic line and he sounds very tough when he makes these statements. Let’s be honest though, how many criminals has he let plea down to lesser charges or lesser punishments so he could walk out of the courtroom with a win? I would guess that the numbers would be staggering. Two of these scum will be able to likely get out in a relatively short period of time and be right back here involved in the same behavior that got them where they are now. Maybe, God willing, we will have a DA who isn’t afraid to actually try a case every now and then when that time comes.

  • Jack Poulos says:

    They were not wrongfully imprisoned. They were found guilty. They were released on a technicality and pardoned by a joke of a governor that was looking for a liberal job when she got out. Once again reverse racism prevailed, they (the criminals) were pardoned to appease the crowds, while the minority was firebombed out of their homes and businesses. Furthermore, why are you trying to change the subject?

  • Know More says:

    The Wilmington 10 were racially imprisoned, were set up by DA Allen Cobb with his schizophrenic assistant Jay Stroud, KKK members were sought and empaneled on the jury, witnesses were paid with gifts, and the actual person who did admit he burned the Mike’s grocery store was used by Allen Cobb Sr. as a witness and then bribed with $40,000 by Allen Cobb to leave the city. Look up the newspapers wiseguy. Are you Allen Cobb Jr.? You sure look sound and smell like him, always trying to rewrite history, blame the cops who were shot at and make sure their name is smut in the archives at UNC Chapel Hill instead of yours. We want your name OFF THE NEW HANOVER COUNTY COURTHOUSE NOW. And stop sending out envelopes with the name Allen Cobb on it from the courthouse. That is a violation of campaign law.

  • Guest2020 says:

    The Wilmington 10 were guilty. They were let off on a technicality that had nothing to do with the DA.

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