Hampstead man guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 2015 shooting

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BURGAW, NC (StarNewsOnline) — A Hampstead man was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by a Pender County jury Thursday in a June 2015 shooting death of his friend.

Dennis Westberg, 37, shot and killed Larry Joshua Goodson, 35, at Westberg’s Moores Landing Road home in Hampstead.

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A jury of nine women and three men reached a verdict at 3:57 p.m. Thursday after deliberating since Wednesday afternoon. Superior Court Judge Josh Willey sentenced Westberg to a minimum of 12 months and no more than 24 months in prison and mandatory alcohol counseling. The length of the sentence will be determined by the North Carolina Department of Correction.

Westberg’s lawyer, Rick Miller, asked the judge to sentence Westburg to probation with no jail time. Miller argued Westberg is an honorably discharged combat veteran with no criminal record. He said sending Westberg to jail would only punish his two children.

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