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Man sentenced to at least 12 years in fatal crash


By F.T. Norton

An Atkinson man pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder in a fatal October rollover accident police say happened when he grabbed the steering wheel during a domestic dispute as his girlfriend was driving.

Lance Michael Powers, 26, was sentenced in Pender County Superior Court to 12.5 to 16.5 years in prison for the Oct. 12 wreck that killed Jennie Marie Moore, 27, of Burgaw.

Superior Court Judge Arnold O. Jones also banned Powers from driving for life in North Carolina and ordered him to not contact any of the victims or their families. If he violates the no-contact order, he will be arrested for contempt and placed under a $5 million bond, Jones said.

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