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Two Wilmington residents convicted of 2020 killing sentenced 7 to 16 years

WILMINGTON — Two Wilmington residents were sentenced last week for the murder of a 26-year-old from December 2020.

Jahmear Richardson, 18, was sentenced to prison for 94 to 125 months, while Rebecca Phillips, 28, was given 126 to 194 months.

Both pled guilty to shooting and killing Tywan Parsley in New Hanover County Superior Court on Thursday.

Parsley was shot at least five times on the front porch of his home on 13th Street and was pronounced dead at the scene. His family was inside at the time, heard the gunfire and attempted to perform CPR while they waited for officers to arrive.

Wilmington Police Department detectives identified Phillips and Richardson as suspects quickly, according to a press release, with information provided by a cooperating witness.

The conviction is a result of an individual who embraced “See something, say something,” and law enforcement worked quickly to secure evidence.

Officers obtained a search warrant for Phillip’s house and found the two murder weapons wrapped in a child’s blanket hidden in the attic. Crime Scene Investigators found eight shell casings from the two guns.

Catch up on previous coverage

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