KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a man in a 2015 home invasion.
On January 25, a jury in Lenoir County Superior Court returned guilty verdicts in the case of Johnny Ray Sanders for the crimes of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy.
Johnny Ray Sanders is the first defendant to be tried for the murder of Jack Davis Jr.
Police responded to a home on 611 Girl Scout Road in Kinston in July 2015.
They found Jack Davis Jr., 71, suffering from a blunt force trauma to his head.
Police said it happened as part of a home invasion.
Davis was taken first to Lenoir Memorial Hospital and then to Vidant Medical Center where he died.
In the days following the murder of Davis, six individuals were arrested and charged with a variety of crimes to include murder, burglary, armed robbery, larceny and conspiracy:
Adrian Torres Lopez, age 21
Jaime Luis Torres, age 22
N’Finity Dionakah Jones, age 19
Jonathan Ordonez, age 18
Johnny Ray Sanders, age 24
Phoenix Gabrielle Hannibal, age 39
The following individuals have entered guilty pleas on the following charges and are awaiting sentencing:
Phoenix Hannibal- second-degree murder
Adrian Lopez- second-degree murder
N’Finity Jones- armed robbery
In December of 2017, three individuals were charged with one or more crimes to include felony conspiracy and felony accessory after the fact.
Erica Mona Jones, age 21
Frankiena Danielle McCotter, age 33
Paris Gereaux Hannibal, age 33
The following defendants are awaiting trials/plea agreements on various charges: