Wilmington man sentenced to life in prison for deadly beating

Wilmington man sentenced to life in prison for deadly beating

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - A Wilmington man will spend the rest of his life in prison for a deadly beating.

Judge Harrell sentenced Ronald Cromartie to life without parole after a New Hanover County jury found Cromartie guilty of of first-degree murder and kidnapping Monday.

Cromartie assaulted another man, who later died because of his injuries.

He was arrested and charged with murder in 2017 for an assault that led to the death of 57-year-old Austin Clarkson Jr.

Samantha Dooies of the District Attorney’s office explained that Cromartie and Arthur Williams lifted Clarkson and slammed him into the ground head first, breaking his neck and paralyzing him.

Cromartie and his girlfriend, Tasha Majette, then are accused of taking the victim across town and leaving him alone in the vehicle.

Clarkson was on life support for three weeks. He died from his injuries on June 3, 2017.

Opening statements in Cromartie’s murder trial began last week.

Once the state rested its case, the defense chose not to make one.

Charges against Majette and Williams are still pending. Both are expected to appear in court Sept. 13.

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