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Son Pleads Guilty In Father's Murder

A Washington man has pleaded guilty to killing his father in October 2010.

Gary Upton Jr. pleaded guilty to second degree murder. He was sentenced to 13 to a little more than 16 years in prison.

Upton was sentenced from the mitigated range. That means the court determined there were mitigating circumstances in the crime which allowed the court to sentence Upton from the lower end of sentencing ranges.

Officials said a family disturbance led to the shooting on Lilley Road.

Multiple witnesses said they heard a gunshot, looked out their window and saw a man dragging something in the street before he went back toward a residence. When one witness shined a flashlight from his home at the street, he saw a person lying in the road bloodied. The person was Gary Upton Sr., who later died at the hospital.


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Charges against a Washington man have been upgraded to murder after the suspect's father died.

Gary Upton Sr.passed away Wednesday afternoon at PCMH. Gary Upton, Jr. has now been charged with his dad's murder.

Washington police say a family disturbance led to the shooting on Lilley Road Monday night. The elder Upton was listed in critical condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital early Wednesday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Multiple witnesses said the heard a gunshot, looked out their window and saw a man dragging something in the street before he went back toward a residence. When the witness shined a flashlight from his home at the street, he saw a person lying in the road bloodied.

Bond was originally set at 100,000 dollars. Police say an exact cause for the shooting is still under investigation and police say no other people are believed to be involved.


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Detectives said a family disturbance left one person shot with life-threatening injuries and a relative detained as the investigation continues.

Witnesses say they heard a gunshot, looked outside and saw a man lying in the 100 block of Lilley Road.

Washington Police say the incident happened on the 100 block of Lilley Road near the Department of Transportation along Highway 264 West. The call came in around 8:23 p.m. Monday night

Multiple witnesses say the heard a gunshot, looked out their window and saw a man dragging something in the street before he went back toward a residence. When the witness shined a flashlight from his home at the street, he saw a person lying in the road bloodied.

Police say the unidentified victim was first taken to Beaufort County Medical Center and then transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.


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