JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — A former Marine pleaded guilty Wednesday to the 2012 shooting death of a 65-year-old woman outside a bingo hall in Jacksonville.
Larry Forrest was accused of shooting Kim Flournoy outside TNT Bingo on Henderson Street.
Forrest pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder, one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.
The victim’s son and daughter tearfully addressed the court today calling Forrest’s actions a sign of cowardice the night he took their mother’s life.
They described her as a great mother who raised them alone after their father passed away. Flournoy was an immigrant from Malaysia who worked on base.
The DA said in court today that she was a hard worker who took great pride in her work.
“She loved to go to the TNT Bingo,” D.A. Ernie Lee said. “She had a lot of friends and acquaintances there. She’d buy pizza for some of them. She enjoyed the bonding with other women there and truly enjoyed playing bingo.”
Just a few days before New Year’s in 2012, Forrest and his friends followed the 65-year-old from an ATM off Piney Green. He confronted her in the back parking lot, demanding the money she’d withdrawn. When she refused, he shot her.
Two days earlier, he’d robbed a Tar Heel Taxi driver near Piney Green for $250.
Forrest will serve a minimum of 35 years and a maximum of 45 years in prison.