DA: Wilmington man pleads guilty to second-degree murder in ‘drug deal gone bad’

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Randy Lee Anderson
Randy Lee Anderson

A Wilmington man was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison in connection with a June 2013 shooting death.

Randy Lee Anderson, 26, of Wilmington, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Michael James Link, of Leland, on Monday in Brunswick County Superior Court, according to Assistant District Attorney Quintin McGee.

Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Anderson to 144-185 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections.

McGee described the shooting as “a drug deal gone bad.”

According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax, sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting in the Deerwood Meadows Mobile Home Park off Mount Misery Road in Leland at about 1:15 a.m. June 24, 2013, when they found Link, who had been fatally shot, just outside the mobile home park.

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According to McGee, Anderson shot Link–who was also reportedly armed–twice in the chest. Anderson allegedly fled the scene, but was apprehended a short time later by Leland police officers, who recognized Anderson’s vehicle from a description of a witness who heard the shots and called 911, McGee said.

Two other people who were reportedly involved in the would-be drug deal were also arrested.

David Rashad Duncan, of Kilarny Road, Wilmington, was charged with possession with intent to sell, manufacture and deliver marijuana and conspiracy to sell and deliver marijuana. Courtney Renee Bryant, of Kuhlken Trail, Leland, was charged with possession with intent to sell, manufacture and deliver marijuana and conspiracy to sell and deliver marijuana. Charges against Duncan and Bryant are pending, McGee said.

McGee and Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas represented the State, while Brooke Smith served as Anderson’s defense attorney.

David Rashad Duncan
David Rashad Duncan

Courtney Renee Bryant
Courtney Renee Bryant