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Clarkton man receives life in prison for 2012 murder

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Jessie Earl Simpson (Source: Bladen County Sheriff's Office) Jessie Earl Simpson (Source: Bladen County Sheriff's Office)

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A Clarkton man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being found guilty of first degree murder.

A Bladen County jury found Jessie Earl Simpson guilty of first degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Charles Bernard Stephens.

Simpson was sentenced to life without parole.

The shooting occurred on August 13, 2012 at 336 E. Railroad Street in Clarkton. According to officials, Simpson shot Stephens in the face after the two got into a heated argument.

Stephens was rushed to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he died two days later.

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