WILMIGNTON, NC (WECT) – Quintel Raheem Grady's head was bowed as he sat in a courtroom Thursday morning. The young man pleaded guilty to first degree murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Joshua Proutey Thursday.
Grady was given a mandatory minimum of life in prison without parole. Prosecutors had intended to seek the death penalty, but with the plea that has been taken off the table.
He also received additional prison time, on top of life, for the robbery with a dangerous weapon charge, conspiracy to commit a robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Proutey was shot in December while heading to his car after working an event at the Community Arts Center on Second and Orange Streets.
Friends and family filled almost three pews in the courtroom. You could hear sobbing as the district attorney described how Proutey's body was found.
Fighting through tears, Joshua's mother, Patty, said she forgives Grady for admittedly "murdering her baby boy."
One of his friends also spoke saying their group had made many memories growing up together, but now Proutey won't be able to continue the journey.
The district attorney explained Thursday that an anonymous tip is what led detectives to charge the four people they believe were involved in Proutey's death. In addition to Grady, Daniel Henry, Jasmine Nikole Dottin and Christopher Cromarite were all charged.
Grady didn't make a statement at the time of the arrest, but the other three accused of being involved had matching stories. They said Grady had bought the revolver that killed Proutey hours before the shooting and is also the one who pulled the trigger.
According to District Attorney Ben David, Grady approached Proutey and demanded money. He says Proutey pulled out $10 to hand over, but asked to keep it. David said Proutey was ordered back to into his car, but froze, so Grady shot him.
According to the DA, Grady has priors on his record including under 18 robbery with a weapon, fleeing to allude arrest and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.