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Man pleads guilty to murder, will spend at least 20 years behind bars

Ronnie Peddie (Source: Pender Co. Sheriff's Office) Ronnie Peddie (Source: Pender Co. Sheriff's Office)
Harry Lee Tate Harry Lee Tate

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A man accused of murdering a man in 2009 will spend at least 20 years behind bars, according to the Pender County District Attorney's Office.

Officials say Ronnie Peddie entered a guilty plea of second degree murder several weeks ago in administrative court.  He was charged with the shooting death of Harry Lee Tate.

At the time of the incident, family members said Tate's children went to see who was at the door when Peddie knocked.  Peddie picked up one of Tate's children and held a gun to his head.  They say Peddie shot Tate when he went to investigate the commotion.

[Pender authorities have man wanted for murder in custody]

A judge sentenced Peddie Monday to 189-236 months in prison for the shooting death.  Peddie also pleaded guilty to first degree burglary and received 61-83 months behind bars for that crime.

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