• Man sentenced to prison after guilty plea in uncle's death

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    KENANSVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to a murder charge stemming from his uncle's shooting in 2015.

    News outlets reports Wallace police said in a news release that Geovoney Xavier West pleaded guilty on Friday to second-degree murder and was sentenced to a maximum of 28 years in prison.

    Wallace police responding to a call about a shooting in October 2015 found the body of Walter West. Investigators targeted West's nephew, who admitted that he was at the home at the time of the shooting. Investigators said Geovoney West also had injuries that were consistent with evidence that they found at the crime scene and through statements from eyewitnesses.

    Police said they also had an audio recording of West admitting that he destroyed evidence linking him to the shooting.

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