Man who shot Lenoir County deputy gets 60 years in federal prison

LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A Kinston man who shot a deputy and another man will spend the next 60 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say Robert Strother was a “one-man crime spree”.

It started when deputies got a call about a man holding a woman against her will in La Grange on November 19, 2020. Deputy Steven Key was hit in the neck as he got out of his patrol car. The deputy was released from the hospital that same night.

Investigators say the following day, Strother shot Kenny Goff and stole his pickup truck.

After getting a tip, deputies got into a firefight with Strother and he was shot several times.

The 34-year-old Strother pleaded guilty to federal charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carjacking, and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the Kinston man was sentenced today to 60 years in federal prison.