SPEEDY JUSTICE: Plea deal reached in murder that happened two weeks ago

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Speedy justice this morning in an Onslow County courtroom as a Jacksonville man was sentenced for killing another man in a shooting that happened just two weeks ago.

Malcolm Lambert entered an Alford plea to second degree murder and discharging a firearm into occupied property Friday morning.

An Alford plea is where a defendant agrees there is enough evidence to convict him but actually doesn’t admit guilt.

Leroy Quinn of Jacksonville was gunned down on Carmen Avenue on the night of November 19th.

Usually, it takes several years for murder cases to be resolved, especially in plea deals.

The D.A. agreed to dismiss the first degree murder charge and recommend Lambert be sentenced to between serve between 18 and 23 years in prison.

Prosecutors told the judge the murder happened because of a dispute over $20.

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