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Wilmington man to serve at least seven years for Jungle Rapids shooting death

After killing a young man in the Jungle Rapids parking lot in October 2017, Paris Duncan will serve at least seven years in prison.

Paris Dimitri Duncan, 23, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Wednesday. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)

A year and a half ago, an apparent drug deal went bad, leading to a shooting at the family-friendly amusement and water park.

WILMINGTON — A 23-year-old man will serve at least seven years for a 2017 killing in the Jungle Rapids parking lot.

Paris Dimitri Duncan pleaded guilty Wednesday to voluntary manslaughter, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and conspiracy to sell or deliver marijuana. Judge Frank Jones sentenced Duncan to a minimum of seven and a maximum of nine years in prison.

The victim, Christopher White, had arranged to meet Paris and two other men — Christopher Hallman and Steven Martinez — on October 18, 2017. Paris and co-defendants Hallman and Martinez were inside a vehicle when the victim and Colin McElreath approached to purchase marijuana.

White retrieved a .22 caliber handgun from McElreath during the encounter and fired two shots into the vehicle, according to the District Attorney’s Office. From the front passenger seat of the car, Duncan shot White in the arm and neck with a 9 mm weapon. He then fled the scene. McElreath left the scene, taking with him the .22 caliber handgun White had fired earlier.

White died on the way to the hospital.

Hallman and Martinez are charged with conspiracy to sell marijuana. McElreath is charged with felony obstruction of justice and possession of a handgun by a minor. Next month, all three have court dates.

At the time of the shootings, Duncan was on post-release supervision for a previous felony flee to elude arrest and felony breaking and entering convictions.

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