Guilty verdict, life sentence in 2012 murder
By DEUCE NIVEN
One of three men charged with murder in the 2012 shooting death of a Tabor City man outside his home was convicted of first-degree murder late Wednesday afternoon and handed a life sentence without parole, District Attorney Jon David said Thursday.
Napoleon Richard Cooper, 35, of Grace Street in Tabor City, was also convicted of conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the early Christmas morning killing of Gilberto Antonio, Segovia, who was 51. Cooper was tried in Columbus County Superior Court.
Napoleon Cooper’s twin brother, Ricky Lapoleon Cooper, is awaiting trial in the same case.
Richard Dale English, 45, of Green Sea, South Carolina, entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder last April, and was sentenced to serve from more than 18 to 23 years in prison.
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