WILMINGTON — A 26-year-old man will serve at least 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in Superior Court.
Joshua Chavis, 26, pleaded guilty for his role in the death of David Leroy Clark; Clark was attacked in his home in March of 2016 by several men, although he was able to make it to the hospital, he eventually passed away from his injuries.
“On March 20, 2016, just before 6:00 pm, David Leroy Clark, 55, was attacked and robbed in his home at 513 Alabama Avenue. He was severely beaten and was hospitalized at New Hanover Regional Medical Center due to his life-threatening injuries. Mr. Clark survived for some time, and then succumbed to his injuries on April 8, 2016,” according to a press release from District Attorney Ben David.
“On March 20, 2016, Donna Beck drove William Fought, Mark Landreth, and Joshua Chavis to the home of her acquaintance, Mr. Clark. Two of the men attempted to kick in the door but were unable. Beck later drove them back to Mr. Clark’s home and knocked on his door. When Mr. Clark opened the door, the men assaulted and robbed the victim of money, prescription medication, and watches. The defendants fled the scene. The victim was ultimately able to call for help and was taken to the hospital,” David continued.
Several of the other attackers have already pleaded guilty to the charges of second-degree murder and robbery.
“Co-defendant Donna Beck entered pleas of guilty to second-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon … She is currently serving a minimum of 18.41 years and a maximum of 23.16 years in prison. Co-defendant Mark Landreth entered pleas of guilty … he is currently serving an active sentence of a minimum of 26 years and a maximum of 33.25 years in prison … Co-defendant William Fought entered pleas of guilty to second-degree murder in connection with these charges, and two unrelated assaults on law enforcement officers. He is currently serving an active sentence of a minimum of 26 years and a maximum of 32.25 years in prison,” according to David.
Chavis was sentenced to a minimum of 18.41 years and a maximum of 23.16 years in prison.