Rainey accepts plea, sentenced for 2011 shooting
Quindarius Dantae Rainey will serve four to six years in prison for the shooting death of Torrey Russell Kersey.
Rainey agreed to a plea arrangement in Vance County Superior Court this week. He had been facing a first-degree murder charge for the June 11, 2011, incident at a gas station. Rainey, 24, agreed to one count of voluntary manslaughter.
Rainey, represented by attorney David Waters, appeared before Judge George Collins Jr. He was sentenced to 57-78 months active time, with credit for serving about nine months in jail before being released on bond.
Collins ordered Rainey to undergo appropriate educational programs, and set $1,730 in court costs for the case.
Rainey has charges of speeding, driving while impaired and license revocation pending an Oct. 3 hearing stemming from a May 25, 2012, incident in Vance County.
Outside the courtroom, Waters said Rainey had been targeted by Kersey before the incident, which took place at 1:40 a.m. on a Saturday.
“There were many elements of self defense in the case,” Waters said. “We had evidence that the victim in the case had previously shot at the defendant and other people with an assault rifle.”
Waters added that Rainey was a witness in an open investigation against Kersey alleging a breaking and entering incident.
According to a medical examiner’s report, Kersey died of a gunshot injury to the abdomen. He had four gunshot injuries.
“The plea was predicated on the notion that he had exercised too much force in his defense,” Waters said.
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