Teen pleads to manslaughter charge

Staff WriterAugust 7, 2009 

A 16-year-old Raleigh gang member today escaped a murder charge and pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, in a plea deal pushed by his victim's family.

Marcus Devon Medlin scuffled with Joshua Jermaine Bryant, 19, outside a Southeast Raleigh community center on February 2. Bryant was shot once in the chest, and was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.

In court, Medlin's attorney acknowledged that Medlin brought a gun to the center, but said his client wasn't sure how the gun went off.

Bryant's grandmother, Maxine Bryant, said her family forgave Medlin, and hopes that he uses his time in prison to turn around his life.

"I believe that when Jesus died on the cross, he said, 'Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.' And that lives in me," she said.

Although Medlin's family members confirmed he was a member of the Bloods gang, they said the shooting was not gang-related.

Medlin will serve between 100 and 129 months in prison.

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