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Wilmington man found guilty of first-degree murder, attempted robbery

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WILMINGTON -- The jury is in. A Wilmington man is guilty of first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. Tuesday Maurice Miller was found guilty of shooting and killing Pervis Owens Jr. on 10th Street in January of 2006. Miller, now 20, was 18 at the time of the murder. The jury sentenced miller to life in prison without possibility of parole.

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Maurice Miller

I have known this young man since he was in middle school. He is a bright, friendly young man who made a mistake. Whether or not he actually committed the crime, there are only a a few who know for sure, all the rest of us can do is speculate. I don't understand why there had been so much bloodshed over the past few years in downtown Wilmington, but it is disturbing. A lot of it has to do with "gangs" and people who lack direction. Maurice, however, always seemeed to me to be a young man who possessed a wealth of motivation and talent. It is very sad that he will spend the rest of his life behind bars, especially if he is in fact innocent. My heart goes out to him and his family. I believe that there needs to be a conscious effort to reach out to the lower socioeconomic children in our community, especially downtown Wilmington, to prevent this type of thing before it starts. I know too many other young people who are behind bars or are no longer with us for foolish reasons. A

Not Guilty

man my brother is always going to be innoscent no matter what people say he was a role model to me n others, he is my oldest n only brother. my family is going through alot now since that happened but no matter what we gone hold him down n by next year he will be out of there i guarantee u dat one i luv my brotha Free Reese <3

gONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN

ITS FUNNY TO ME HOW YOU SIT AND SAY YOUR BROTHER WAS OR IS INNOCENT WHEN ALL EVIDENCE POINTS TO HIM.hOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED YOU WERE NOT THERE.YOUR BROTHER TOOK MY BROTHER LIFE.I WILL NEVER GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HIS SMILE,HEAR HIS VOICE,HOLD HIS HAND OR JUST SAY I LOVE YOU MAN.YOUR BROTHER TOOK THAT AWAY FROM MY FAMILY.YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT YOUR FAMILY IS GOING THROUGH.U STILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO YOUR BROTHER,HEAR HIM LAUGH,YOU CAN EVEN SEE HIM.ITS A SHAME WHAT WAS DONE BUT I PRAY TO GOD THEY ALL GET IT RIGHT. AS MAURICE WAS YOUR ONLY BROTHER PERVIS WAS MY ONLY BROTHER AS WELL.i PRAY HE REPENTS AND GET IT RIGHT WITH THE LORD. YOUR BROTHER HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE AND GET THINGS RIGHT. i ONLY WISH HE WOULD HAVE DONE IT THAT NIGHT THEN THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A POSSIBILITY THAT MY BROTHER COULD HAVE STILL BEEN HERE.IF YOU GET A CHANCE ASK HIM THIS FOR ME "WHY" WHY DID HE TAKE HIM AWAY FROM ME "Why"did he go into his house"Why" when my brother hollered noooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! Y did he pull the trigger.Y did my brother have to die Y man Y!!!!

young lost souls

Kids today need role models its easy to talk about someone how about helping someone. Alot of kids these days only know what they see. I'm not making excuses but we need more mentors and active parents to play a role in the lives of these young men. Alot of lives were thrown away behind this. Absent fathers need to take notice and parent their kids. When youth go outside they see drug dealers and users they don't see promise. Thats why they fall victim. I know Reese did wrong he accepts that but how do we save someone else from his fate?

thats not right

thats not right. they got the wrong person for the crime.. he told on no one and still got life.. i will always love you reese.. they day going come.... the same thing that makes u laugh can make u cry...

english

I can not believe some of the English on here. The way you people talk (and write, type) is unbelievable. Learn some simple English...please!!

??

Is this an essay writing contest or is this a forum for people to explain how they feel about this young man spending the rest of his life in jail? Also, I am white and that "you people" comment bothers me. Maybe you would be better off surfing the web and finding some white supremacist forums, I think they may be better suited for you. You post a comment condemning people's grammar in a forum like this and then show your stupidity by making such a ridiculous generalization! I can't believe that you would post such an ignorant comment. Next time you want to voice your opinion, do us all a favor and don't.

ignorance

Who is "You People" that's what is wrong with the world today you want to classify people by their race and background. Last time I checked you people did not exist. You need to speak english.

CHANGES

I dont think dats right. They have to do their job and find the right person.We have to make the right decision today us as black people and we have to change. DO THE RIGHT THING.

my cuzin

yo im gone miss you he was a good friend he was a role model for alot of kids in the community

thats not even right they

thats not even right they gave reese life.. but its ok no matter what the same thing that make u laugh can make u cry.. telling on someone does not make u better.. all there days are coming but i love u reese

homie

He still is a role model, a model of how NOT to act. He can join all the other innocent people in jail.

Wasted potential.........

I knew Maurice, his father, uncles, aunts, grand father and grand mother. I even coached this kid in the Pop Warner football league. This kid had a world of talent that could have taken him somewhere other than where he's at now. After a certain point in one's life there's no one to blame other than that person. It's unfortunate now that his potential will have to be met behind bars for the rest of his natural life.

so call friends are wrong

reese didnt do it, peoples snitching to save themselves and reese was a real man and took the charges, they should think him, but ALL DOGS HAVE THEY DAY. people had different stories and the sentence reese to life thats not right

Charges

I suppose he took the charges because he was innocent?

I guess he was a victim of

I guess he was a victim of those other 5 or so arrests he's had in the past as well?

Such a waste of lives.

Such a waste of lives. Keeping it real these days usually translates to keeping it real dumb. When will these children wake up and realize the consequence of their actions? My prayers go out to both families.

That was very corny. Keep it

That was very corny. Keep it real dumb, very original. Never heard that one before.

DAMN REESE i MiSS YOU BRAH

DAMN REESE i MiSS YOU BRAH YOU WAS A GOOD REMODEL TO EVERYBODY ON THE NORTH & HES A INNOCENT MAN iN MY EYES & ANYBODY ELSES. <3 LOVE YOU REESE <3 CAMBOLiA STILL AND GONE ALWAYS BE HERE!