Woman convicted in Elizabethtown murder sentenced to life

first_imgELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — A Bladen County woman will serve a life sentence in connection to a deadly 2015 shooting in Elizabethtown.According to a press release, Shanika Mitchell, 20, was convicted by a jury of six men and six women late Friday afternoon following a week-long trial in Bladen County Superior Court.- Advertisement – She was convicted of Accessory Before the Fact to First Degree Murder, two counts of Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder, aiding and abetting Attempted First Degree Murder, and aiding and abetting Discharging a Firearm into a Vehicle in Operation.Mitchell received a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years.The shooting happened on November 8, 2015 in Elizabethtown at the intersection of Twisted Hickory Road and Center Road when a vehicle with two people inside was ambushed by gunfire. Related Article: Sonic employees arrested for lacing kid’s meal with ecstasyIn court, witness testimony and cell phone communications indicated that Mitchell worked with her co-defendants to orchestrate the shooting.During the trial, jurors were presented with evidence that showed Mitchell participating in a plot to set up the victims who were fired upon just moments after dropping Mitchell off at her home. One of the shots struck the driver, Darrell Council, killing him almost instantly.Following an investigation into the shooting conducted by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Mitchell was charged and arrested.Mitchell’s brother, Montise Mitchell, was convicted in connection to the shooting by a Bladen County jury in August 2017 and he received a sentence of life imprisonment  without the possibility of parole.Her case proceeded to trial after she rejected multipleplea offers from the State of North Carolina.“When an individual joins forces with others to commit crime each participant can be held responsible for the behavior of their co-conspirators. This case is a vivid reminder of that because here, even though Shanika Mitchell didn’t pull the trigger, she was still guilty as an accessory by virtue of her actions that helped the crime to occur,” said Assistant District Attorney Quintin McGee who, along with ADA Courtney Sanford, prosecuted the case. “Our office and the victims’ family are grateful that the jury followed the evidence and the law in reaching these verdicts,” said McGee.last_img

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