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Killers move from death row to life sentences

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Two men who were facing capital punishment will now serve life in prison without parole. Jamey Cheek and Kyle Berry took plea bargains in New Hanover County Court today. The two will spend the rest of their natural lives in prison.

Cheek was convicted in July 1997 by a New Hanover County jury for the murder of Barbara Oxendine. A jury convicted Berry in March 2001 for the 1998 murder of Teresa Fetter. Appeals courts set aside the sentences and sent the cases back to New Hanover County today.

"I think this is the best resolution for the families involved and for Mr. Berry, and everyone can start on with the rest of their lives now," said Marilin Ozer, one of Berry's attorneys.

Berry will serve two consecutive life sentences after he also pleaded guilty to the murder of Lisa Maves.

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