A Jacksonville man pleaded guilty on Thursday in connection with a shooting that occurred last August at what has been described as an “unauthorized club” on Sixth Street near downtown Wilmington.
Mitchell Lewis Jr., 29, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury for the death of 33-year-old Edmund Lane and an assault on a 52-year-old man on Aug. 23, 2014, according to a news release from District Attorney Ben David.
Superior Court Judge Kenneth Crow sentenced Lewis to 83 to 112 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.
According to David, the shooting was reported early on the morning of Aug. 23, 2014, when Lewis and his alleged co-defendant, Cordero Pridgen, went to a home on South Sixth Street that was operating as “an unauthorized club, where alcohol is served for money.”
Lane and Pridgen reportedly got into an argument while inside the home, during which time Lane reportedly showed Pridgen that he had a knife in his waistband. Lewis and Pridgen then left the house, and Lane reportedly followed them out, challenging Pridgen to fight, David said.
“Lewis ultimately shot Lane at close range as Lewis was seated in the driver’s side of his car,” David said. “Lewis also shot Danny Miller twice in the leg and the stomach before fleeing the scene.”
No weapons were found at the crime scene.
U.S. Marshals arrested Lewis in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 25, 2014, and he was extradited back to New Hanover County.
The State charged Pridgen with first-degree murder and attempted murder, but David announced on Thursday the charges against Pridgen were dismissed “due to a lack of evidence to support the theory that Pridgen assisted, aided or abetted Mitchell Lewis during the shooting of Lane and Miller.”