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Prentice Reaves
Prentice Reaves

A Tabor City man was convicted this week in Columbus County Superior Court for shooting a man after fighting during a poker game.

Prentice Reaves was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury by a Columbus County jury on Tuesday, according to District Attorney Jon David.

The incident began as a “friendly poker game” at Mary’s Arcade in Tabor City on Jan. 5, 2013, according to a press release from David’s office.

“Reaves and the victim had been playing cards when a verbal altercation began over a $5 hand of poker,” the release states. “During the trial, evidence showed that during the argument Reaves pulled out a handgun and shot the victim once in the abdomen before fleeing the scene. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery and was hospitalized as a result of the injuries sustained from the gunshot.”

Reaves was sentenced to 40 to 60 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections, according to Assistant District Attorney Quintin McGee, who prosecuted the case.