Wilmington man pleads guilty to 2nd degree murder

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Submitted: Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:43pm
Updated: Fri, 07/25/2014 - 4:09pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — 22 year-old Terrell Robinson appeared in court today for the gang-related shooting of a young man in 2012. Robinson plead guilty to a 2nd degree murder charge.

Now, family friends that were at the murder are speaking out against gang violence. Family friend Wanda Richmond says she’s had enough. “We have to stop this gang violence,” Richmond said. “Gang violence is our number one problem in Wilmington. You follow the command of somebody. Look what happens,” Richmond said.

Richmond saw first hand what happens May 12, 2012. She recounts the day 22 year old David McPhatter was shot three times at a cookout in front of her hair salon on castle street.
“I held him in a fetal position as if he was my child and I began to talk to him as he was fighting to take his very last breath,” Richmond said.

That’s when Wilmington gang violence claimed another victim, 22 year-old David McPhatter. McPhatter and the two young men charged with his murder had a previous run in weeks before the shooting.

Assistant District Attorney Connie Jordan goes over the case during the trial.
“There was a fight where David Mcphatter seemed to come out on top and this was, appeared to be a retaliation,” Jordan said.

The retaliation was an attempt to get McPhatter to rejoin a gang. Jordan says it’s hard to see see a 22 year-old take a plea.
“We have such young gang violence going on in Wilmington right now,” Jordan said.

Richmond is friends with both Robinson and the victim’s family. She hope Robinson’s prison time will give him a chance to turn his life around and become a voice against gang violence. Richmond says Wilmington depends on it.
“… Our youth, our future, our reputation,” Richmond said.

The judge said Robinson is looking to serve anywhere from 13-17 years behind bars.

Guerro will go to trial for first degree murder in October.


  • SurfCityTom says:

    why would this not have merited first degree?

    apparently planned in advance. eye witnesses were present.

    why would the DA think a deal was needed to get a conviction?

  • Guest2020 says:

    That was exactly my point.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    but this is 1 case where costs should not matter. Take it to trial; get a conviction; let him rot on death row through the appeal process; and then give him the juice. Or bring back hanging as the alternate form of execution.

    Does the DA honestly feel he can follow the path of Mike Easley to the Governor’s mansion?

  • guest007 says:

    It’s a money thing. It would cost the tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars to prosecute a 1st degree murder charge. Between the extended first trial and the probable few waves of appeals, not to mention all the issues if he would be sentenced to death, the state finds it cheaper to let them plead out to lesser charges. I don’t agree with it, but that’s the reasoning behind it.

  • Vog46 says:

    Gang members trot out a couple of members who are clean – they testify that there was no intent – Jury HAS to believe them, as there is no way for the DA to discredit them.
    THen the DA loses the first degree case.
    Do they take the chance?


  • Barry says:

    See Tom, I agree with you. It should be a First Degree case. But apparently the excuse in this will be…..the plea saves the family a trial and the taxpayer a lot of money.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Dealing David is at it again.

  • Vog46 says:

    From Wikki:
    Second Degree Murder (Inherently Dangerous Act or by unlawful distribution of certain illicit substances) 94 months to 484 months (depending on prior record level)
    Second Degree Murder 144 months to Life without Parole (depending on prior record level)

    That average NC sentencing.
    Why would this guys 13 to 25 years warrant such a comment?


  • beygondey says:

    where are all the minorities now saying the justice system treats them unfairly? this piece of crap will be walking the streets in about 15 years, allowed to live a long life, cant say so for the one he shot. complete absurdity that murders get off because they kill off another street savy hoodlum.

  • nofaithnlaw says:

    And to think that Dealin’ David was voted into his position. I see the same faces in the news all the time. Maybe its Davids family photo album. It amazes me. We comment on the disatisfaction of the actions that are made, but we dont seem to be able to get him OUT of office.

  • wilm city here says:

    im so sick of talk about gang violence / no food/ no money for schools. people stop. yes stop having so many dam kidds. stop having them. i dont have any kidds or want any . im 61 no more kidds.

  • anne says:

    Sad that gang violence has become a way of life in Wilmington. Sad that this had to happen. I bet the parents of these thugs are sad too – their child is going to jail for a long time – deservedly. I also find it sad when I was watching the news report yesterday that the little memorial set up included a bottle of liquor. Many times, the liquor contributes to the situation. Just saying!

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