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Posted: 6:03 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012
By Alan Cavanna
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Two brothers will go to prison in connection with the shooting death of a mother of six children.
Juquina Harris was shot and killed outside the Silver Fox nightclub in November 2010.
In court on Thursday, prosecutors explained Aaron and Elijah Ashford were involved in a parking lot fight.
Someone shot Elijah in the leg, so Aaron pulled his brother's gun and shot back.
The bullet hit and killed Harris, an innocent bystander in the parking lot.
In a plea deal, both prosecutors and the judge agreed self-defense played a role in the shooting.
Aaron Ashford pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, and will spend three-and-a-half to five years in prison.
His brother received less than two years for being a felon with a gun.
"They didn't get enough time for taking her life like that," said Tamika Benjamin, a friend of Harris. "They took her away from six beautiful kids. (Those kids) will never have their mother."
Through their lawyers, both brothers expressed sorrow for what happened.
Each will get nearly 450 days of credit for time already served in the county jail.
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