Pair pleads guilty to murder

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 07:34 PM

The 25-year-old indicted in the fatal shooting death of a Northern Vance High School student pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Monday, which carries a 31-year maximum prison sentence.

Quatrail Pair, of 666 Vance St., Henderson, accepted a deal before Judge Andrew R. Hassell in Vance County Superior Court.

He was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the December 2012 shooting of 16-year-old Deonte Malik Judkins.

Judkins was shot in the arm on the porch of 1283 Walters St., Henderson, on Dec. 11, 2012. The bullet continued into the chest through both lungs and the area of the heart, according to the autopsy.

Detectives characterized the incident as a drive-by shooting.

Pair also faced felony charges of discharging a weapon in an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle, possessing a firearm as a felon and possessing heroin with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver.

Those charges were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Hassell sentenced Pair to a minimum of 300 months and maximum of 372 months or 25 to 31 years.

“No amount of time will bring my son back,” the victim’s mother, Chastity Judkins, said tearfully after the sentencing.

The judge said he hoped Pair understood the impact his actions have had on Deonte Judkins’ family and the community.

“I hope you can appreciate what Mrs. Judkins has just articulated with some difficulty that because of your act of callous disregard, an innocent life and light has been extinguished and that act continues to affect the lives of that loved one around him and will for years to come,” Hassell said Monday. “I hope it affects you in the right way; maybe it already has. And you have an opportunity as a 25-year-old to have several years ahead of you whether in confinement or otherwise.”

Pair is also a member of the Money Gang Mob, a criminal organization linked to heroin trafficking.

In December, U.S. Judge James Dever III in Raleigh sentenced him to 30 years in prison.

Pair pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin and possession of a firearm to the furtherance of drug trafficking. He was the 12th member of the criminal organization to face jail time and has the longest sentence.

He has several other cases pending for minor drug charges and traffic infractions. He’s scheduled to be in court June 3.

 

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