Wilmington man gets up to 28 years in prison for deadly 2016 shooting

Wilmington man gets up to 28 years in prison for deadly 2016 shooting

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Wilmington man will spend nearly 30 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a deadly 2016 shooting.

On Monday, Rashaun Dewayne Nugent, 23, entered a guilty plea in New Hanover County Superior Court to one count of second-degree murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

He was sentenced to 23-28 years in prison for the crimes.

During the early morning hours of April 29, 2016, Nugent and his brother, Christopher Wigfall, approached Lavar Demond Riley, II near Riley’s parents’ home and business on Orange Street. Prosecutors said Wigfall and Riley got into a verbal dispute then Nugent shot Riley, who later succumbed to his injuries.

As both men fled the scene, Nugent’s glasses fell to the ground and were left behind. Police used DNA evidence from the glasses to link Nugent to the fatal shooting.

Wigfall’s court case is still pending, according to the district attorney’s office.

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