Jacksonville Wal-Mart Shooter Pleads Guilty

The man accused of shooting up the new Jacksonville Wal-Mart plead guilty in an Onslow County courtroom.

Elijah Payne was working at the Yopp Road Wal-Mart back in March. Authorities say he went on an employee break, grabbed a sawed off shotgun from his car and covered his face in camouflage paint. Police say Payne held about 15 people hostage in an employee break room. No one was injured in the attack.

The 18-year-old was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction.

In a deal with prosecutors, Payne pleaded guilty to first degree kidnapping and possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

He was sentenced to serve between 6 and 8 years in prison on the kidnapping charge. Payne also has to serve 5 years of probation. The judge said if he violates that probation then he serve another 16-20 months on the weapons charge.


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