PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A judge found a man guilty Monday afternoon who was accused of killing his neighbor in 2011. Michael Grant was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing Anthony Edens Sr. in August 2011 while impaired on bath salts.
Edens' family members say the sentence brings them closure. They spoke to Grant in the courtroom and told him how his actions forever changed their lives.
District Attorney Ben David says it was one of the most emotional courtrooms he has ever seen, even the judge wiped his eyes as he addressed the family after they gave their statements.
"Tony was more than my brother, he was my best friend," his sister told Grant in court. She went on to describe how she found her brother the night of his murder, lying wounded in his backyard and covered in blood.
She and Tony's other sisters described him as a kind and caring person, a devout Christian, and the type of uncle who loved his nieces and nephews like his own children.
Tony's sister Sarah Allen spoke last. She presented Grant with a bible and told him that she knew he was sorry and forgave him.
During the investigation, neighbors living in the Summit Ridge subdivision told wect.com they heard multiple gunshots the night of the shooting coming from Grant's home. Shannon McHone, living across the street from the Grants even said Grant's ex-wife and her two kids, who were living with Grant at the time, busted through McHone's back sliding glass door for a safe escape.
Copyright 2013 WECT. All rights reserved.
322 Shipyard Boulevard