WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A teenager charged in connection to the death of a delivery driver last year recently pleaded guilty in court and faces a sentence of more than 14 years in prison.
Manije Johnson-Martin pleaded guilty July 3 to robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree murder, according to Samantha Dooies, assistant to the district attorney.
Johnson-Martin was given a sentence of 51 to 74 months for the robbery charge, and a 125 to 162 month sentence for the murder charge, the latter of which will go into effect after the sentencing for the robbery expires.
However, according to the terms of his plea, Johnson-Martin will also have to testify truthfully about he and his co-defendants' involvement in the murder at a later date before his sentencing is entered. After he and his co-defendants testify, the judge will officially enter his sentencing.
Johnson-Martin and five others were indicted after Zhen Bo Liu was killed June 14, 2012 while trying to make a delivery for China King, where he was employed. Liu's body was found inside a car near 13th and Queen Streets.
Police say the suspects, including, Johnson-Martin, ordered approximately $48 worth of food, shot Liu, took the food, went back to a house, sat down and ate together.
Dooies says Johnson-Martin provided the cell phone used to order the food, but was not the shooter.
Johnson-Martin's co-defendants' cases are still pending.
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