Convictions reached in New Bern murder case

Convictions have been reached in the murder case of a New Bern man in  March 2012.

Titus Dawson, 23, Dwayne Evans, 21, Christopher Bryan, 24, and Kevin Henderson, 24, have all plead guilty to the charges brought against them for the murder of 46-year-old Jeff Joyner, who was shot in the chest at his home on Poplar Street in New Bern.

“We are pleased all four of these defendants have accepted responsibility and pled guilty for their respective roles in this case. All four are going to prison for many years all because they wanted to steal drugs and money. Based on the evidence we had in this case, we believe the pleas and sentences are appropriate. The victim’s family was supportive of this disposition and relayed their appreciation for the work of the police department and District Attorney’s Office,” said District Attorney Scott Thomas.

Titus Dawson, the shooter, has been convicted of Second Degree Murder, Armed Robbery, First Degree Burglary, and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery. He has been sentenced to a minimum of 21 years in prison, with a maximum sentence of 28 years.

Evans, Bryan and Henderson have each been convicted of First Degree Burglary and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery. They have been sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison with a maximum term of 16 years in prison.

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