Man pleads guilty, sentenced for 2013 Wilmington murder
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man will spend at least 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to his role in a 2013 robbery and murder.
A judge sentenced Tre Scott, 22, to 20-25 years in prison for second-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Prosecutors say on October 1, 2013, Scott, Rammaj Walker and Nicholas Bannerman set up a robbery of Angelo Freeman, who they knew to be involved in the distribution of marijuana. Around 9:30 p.m. Bannerman texted Freeman to arrange the marijuana purchase at Freeman’s home on Lilac Court in the Garden Lake area of Wilmington. Bannerman drove Scott and Walker to Freeman’s house. When Freeman opened the door to let Bannerman in, Scott and Walker forced their way in. That led to a struggle during which Freeman was hit on the forehead and shot in the thigh in his living room. He was shot once in the left side of his chest and the bullet came to rest in his abdominal wall. He made it to his bedroom where he was fatally shot at close range in the back with the bullet striking his heart. While it was unclear which of the three co-defendants fired the fatal shot, prosecutors say it was clear that money was taken from the residence. All three drove off Bannerman’s car.
The following day Bannerman was arrested after a brief car chase in the area of Queen Street. Walker was served with murder warrants on October 10, 2013. On October 16, 2013, the United States Marshall Service Task Force served a arrest warrant for murder on Scott at 1034 Thomas Jervay Loop Road based upon information that he would be at the home. Law enforcement found a handgun at that home underneath a chair. Ballistic testing later confirmed it was the weapon used to kill Freeman. Although Scott maintained to officers that he only acted as a look-out for the robbery, information developed during the investigation revealed that Scott took a more active role, prosecutors say.
Walker received a sentence of 20-25 years for his role in the crime in August after pleading to the same charges. Bannerman is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 2.