One of three people accused of robbing and killing two Fuquay-Varina men in a 2014 home invasion pleaded guilty in Wake County Superior Court on Monday to the double-murder.
Gregory Adalverto Crawford, 23, was sentenced to life in prison for a crime that rattled a rural community outside Raleigh.
Arthur Lee Brown,79, and David Eugene McKoy, 66, two friends who had a brotherly relationship, were found dead inside the Howard Road home they shared.
Those who knew Arthur Lee Brown described him as talented, generous and charismatic, a man willing to share the meat from a newly killed hog with everyone in his rural community. They wonder why in the world anyone would want to kill him and his best friend, David Eugene McKoy.
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Investigators pinned the homicide to sometime late July 17 or early July 18.
Crawford, also of Fuquay-Varina was 21 when he was arrested with Kevin Bernard Britt, 20, of Holly Springs. The third man, Donovan Jevonte Richardson, 21, of Holly Springs surrendered at the Wake County jail a day later.
Crawford, Britt and Richardson each faced two counts of murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, burglary, and conspiracy to commit burglary.
Britt has pleaded guilty to the crimes.
Richardson is set to go to trial next year.