Saturday, March 25, 2023

Man pleads guilty in Carly Rae Baron case

Jaquan Cortez Jackson will serve 20 to 25 years for second-degree murder and 16 to 29 months for discharging a firearm. (Courtesy phoyo)

WILMINGTON — A man accused in the 2020 murder of a UNCW student pleaded guilty in a courtroom Monday afternoon.

Jaquan Cortez Jackson, charged with second-degree murder, entered a plea agreement before jury selection began. He was accused of killing 23-year-old Carly Rae Baron on Halloween in 2020 along Wrightsville Avenue.

According to previous PCD reporting, the Wilmington Police Department noted a verbal altercation took place among a group of people and Jackson following a traffic collision. The parties did not know one another prior to the incident.

Though Baron was not a part of the accident, she was shot after Jackson fired a gun.

Officers were on a call nearby for a noise complaint when they heard gunfire. Upon arriving at the scene, they saw a vehicle flee, which law enforcement followed and were able to apprehend Jackson.

Another officer attempted life-saving measures on Baron. She was transported to the hospital where she perished from her injuries.

Jackson was given 20 to 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder charge and an additional 16 to 29 months for discharging a firearm.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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