JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man was sentenced to prison on Friday in a fatal shooting over a $20 debt.
Malcolm Lambert entered an Alford plea in an Onslow County courtroom to second-degree murder and discharging a firearm into occupied property, WITN reported. In an Alford plea, a defendant doesn't admit guilt but agrees there is enough evidence to convict them.
Authorities said Leroy Quinn of Jacksonville was shot and killed at an apartment complex on Nov. 19, 2018. Prosecutors said that Lambert went to Quinn’s apartment and demanded $20 that he was owed. Quinn refused to pay the debt and closed his front door.
Investigators said Lambert returned to Quinn's apartment with four people, and one of them went with him to the back of the apartment. Lambert then fired four shots at the apartment, one of which hit Quinn in the heart and killed him, according to investigators.
Police said that Quinn’s body was found by his mother two hours later in the living room where he had collapsed.
The district attorney's office said it agreed to dismiss a first-degree murder charge and recommend Lambert be sentenced to between 18 to 23 years in prison.