- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) - A New Bern man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a 2012 home invasion that led to a shooting death.

Craven County District Attorney Scott Thomas said 24-year-old Titus Dawson also pleaded guilty Wednesday to armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and first-degree burglary. He was sentenced to a maximum of 28 years in prison.

On Thursday, 21-year-old Dwayne Evans, 24-year-old Christopher Bryan and 24-year-old Kevin Henderson pleaded guilty to armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and first-degree burglary. They were sentenced to between 12 to 16 years in prison.

The victim, 46-year-old Jeff Joyner, was found lying face-down just inside the doorway of his house in March 2012. Thomas said the defendants planned to invade the home after one of them said he bought drugs there.

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