WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man charged in the murder of a 22-year-old man two years ago has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
Codey Guerrero appeared in a New Hanover County Courtroom and pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of a second-degree murder in the death of David McPhatter in 2012. As a part of the plea deal, a judge dismissed his first-degree murder charge.
Prosecutors say the conflict began because Guerrero and Terrell Robinson wanted McPhatter to join their gang, but McPhatter refused. They say during a cookout off Castle Street in Wilmington, Guerrero and Robinson confronted McPhatter. Prosecutors say Guerrero hit McPhatter. Then, they say, Robinson shot McPhatter three times killing him.
Earlier this year, Robinson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 13 to 17 years in prison.
Guerrero will serve five to seven years in prison.
Guerrero’s friends and family showed up to support him. They say they are satisfied with the outcome.