Two more suspects plead guilty in Proutey murder


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The final two suspects charged with the murder of a Cape Fear Community College student are headed to prison for decades.

Jasmine Dottin and Daniel Henry both pleaded guilty today to multiple charges, including second degree murder.

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It’s been 18 months since Joshua Proutey was murdered in downtown Wilmington.

“We have one bullet and four murderers,” District Attorney Ben David said.

The last two of those killers pleaded guilty to their crimes Thursday. Dottin and Henry will spend the next 25 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Dottin waited in the car the night of Dec. 13, 2012, as Henry, Christopher Cromartie and Quintel Grady looked for someone to rob. They found Proutey leaving work at the Community Arts Center at 2nd and Orange streets. Grady shot and killed the 19-year-old Proutey.

Thursday, Henry and Dottin pleaded guilty to second degree murder and other charges.

“You hunt in a pack and your are culpable for the kill,” David said.

Cameras were not allowed in the court room as several of Proutey’s relatives confronted Henry and Dottin.

“I did not want an opportunity to pass that I would later regret,” Proutey’s mother Patty said.

She asked Henry what he was thinking and told him how hurt she was that he took the sandwich josh had after he was killed. She said she has trouble finding words for dottin, saying, “You are a girl. You have to have something inside you.”

But Patty Proutey says her faith that has allowed her to forgive all four.

“I am called to a higher standard because of my Christian beliefs,” Patty Proutey said.

She prays she can find peace.

“I hope to in the coming days, when the reeling stops and my head stops spinning and my stomach stops churning and my body stops trembling,” she said.

During today’s hearing, Henry apologized to Proutey’s family and his own. He also apologized to the community for making them feel unsafe in downtown Wilmington.

The two other suspects in the robbery and shooting death of Proutey have already pleaded guilty.

In December, Grady pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the case. The 23-year-old is servfing a life sentence for the crime.

In April, a judge sentenced Cromartie to at least 35 years in prison after the 24-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Prosecutors say the four robbed Proutey of a cell phone, a sandwich and $10 before Grady shot and killed him.

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