Shelby Lentz pleads guilty to 2014 murder

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Submitted: Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:16pm
Updated: Tue, 02/03/2015 - 1:11pm By:

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man has admitted to killing another man early last year.

Shelby Lentz today pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, malicious conduct and several drug possession crimes. He will serve 221 to 278 months in prison as part of his plea deal.

Lentz stabbed Martin Yakimovich, 32, to death on Jan. 3, 2014. The then 19-year-old initially said he had acted in self defense.

Witnesses told police the stabbing happened after Yakimovich and Shelby Lentz, 19, got into an argument. Lentz ran from the house, but later turned himself into police.

For Yakimovich’s mother, Renee Dunn, justice was not served for her son.

“For murdering someone for no reason, that’s a cake-walk,” Dunn said. “I feel like he should spend the rest of his life in jail.”

Dunn added that doctors told her she would never have kids, so Yakimovich was her miracle.

“You do not get over losing someone like him,” Dunn said.

For Lentz’s grandmother, Barbara Honeycutt, she says she’s dealing with loss and grief as well.

“He’s not a bad kid,” Honeycutt said. “He’s got a very good heart. He just got in with the wrong people.”

Honeycutt said today’s plea means the loss of her grandson — a different kind of loss.

“They think they lost their son. You think I didn’t lose Shelby in this? I’ve lost him too,” Honeycutt said.


  • kzpony says:

    I am a mom to two adult children. To these moms who say their kids wouldn’t commit a crime…got mixed up in the wrong crowd…excuses, excuses for them. I love my children so dearly. But if your child ADMITS to MURDER, and admits they did it, they are a MURDERER. You have to somehow put things into perspective. Although we are so sorry your heart is hurt, and that you may lose your own child because of what they did, this child made a DECISION that caused their own separation from you…but the people they KILLED did not cause the separation from their families, from their lives, from their futures. This is reality, as sad as it is for you. I really am sorry for you..I can’t imagine, but still…you have to come to grips with the reality of it and quietly say “I am sorry for what my child did” and get counseling. It’s horrid, but it is the truth. Denying it won’t change it. I wish you some peace at some time in your life. It will take time.

  • Renee Dunn says:

    Mrs Honeycutt Ill trade your loss for mine any day you can visit your Grandson. Exactly when did Shelby get in with the wrong people with a 17 page wrap sheet it must have been awhile back Possibly when he was beating that autistic child. You may need to step back and evaluate the situation YOU may be a part of the problem. He is a murderer he said so himself.He Stabbed my son to death How is your pain more than mine I dont think I lost My SON I KNOW I HAVE.YOU have not lost Shelby yet THE Gang he turned on hasnt gotten to him yet. Visit him often I am sure you love your grandchild

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