- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A Cumberland County jury could not agree on a punishment so a judge is sentencing a 33-year-old man to life in prison for a 2010 murder.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (https://bit.ly/1Jf7Fkx ) the jury last week found Cedric Theodis Hobbs Jr. guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Kyle Harris at a pawn shop.

Jurors deliberated over two days this week on whether to sentence Hobbs to death or life in prison. They were still deadlocked Thursday, so Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Robert Floyd Jr. sentenced Hobbs to life in prison without parole.

The newspaper reported 11 members of the 12-member jury favored death but one juror said he could no longer consider a death sentence.

A jury’s binding recommendation of death must be unanimous.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, https://www.fayobserver.com


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