NEW INFO: Son Sentenced To Prison For Killing Dad

A former ECU student admitted today that he shot and killed his father more than a year ago in Greenville. Police say it was all done because his lies were catching up to him.

Kevin Kleber pleaded guilty to second degree murder. He was sentenced to serve between 9 and 12 years in prison.

Roy Kleber of Vero Beach, Florida was found dead in the son's University Park apartment on January 9th, 2011. Greenville police said at first the younger Kleber told them a black man shot his father as he was helping his son move.

Kleber was arrested two weeks later at Cherry Hospital, the state's psychiatric hospital in Goldsboro, after police say he admitted to killing his father.

Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Rob said Kleber "had been living a lie for the past two years." Prosecutors say the young man had lied to his family about having a job, lied about being enrolled at ECU, he was being evicted in his apartment and was behind on bills. Rob contended that Kleber knew his father would find out.

Kleber made the guilty plea to reduced charges with his mother and other family members in the courtroom.

Kleber broke down and cried several times during the hearing, telling the judge "I am profoundly, profoundly sorry."

Greenville police say Kleber's "house of cards" collapsed and that's what led to the shooting of the man's father.


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  • by So Sad on Feb 21, 2012 at 05:53 PM
    What did this poor father do to deserve this?
  • by Clint Eastwood Location: Greenville on Feb 21, 2012 at 02:06 PM
    What is wrong with this state and country. Years ago if you were caught stealing a man's cattle, you were hanged until dead. Today, you kill you father because of the lies and deception you live and are afraid to take the blame, and you get 9 years in prison with televison, 3 meals a day and healthcare. This spoiled individual likely never appreciated all his HARD WORKING father provided. 9 years is a joke and this state and country should be ashamed of the sentence they have granted.
  • by Jim Location: nc on Feb 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM
    I knew Roy for many years. He was an unusually kind individual. I only met his son Kevin once, but I remember thinking that he appeared to be much like his dad. No part of this sad story makes any sense.
  • by Poppa bare Location: G vegas on Feb 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM
    A killer is a killer and the race is irrelevant. There are murderers in every race. It's not about shade of skin people, it is about a man being murdered. Someone lost their life and even though the killer received a slap on the wrist, it will be much worse when he stands before the Almighty at judgement day.
  • by Luis Location: Greenville on Feb 21, 2012 at 06:00 AM
    Forget prison execute him.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2012 at 05:15 AM
    How was this not premeditated? The Lewis kid will get 2 yrs and the one that murdered the soldier will get probation. Now I see why people with sense work in Greenville and live in other counties. Eastern NC is and always will be a disgrace. Why does Greenville have more crime than Raleigh? Weird
  • by Ben Location: Kinston on Feb 21, 2012 at 05:07 AM
    I am "profoundly sorry" that this loser who told lie after lie to cover up the results of bad choices he made, killed his own father and initially blamed the killing on an unnamed black man and then received such a lenient sentence. It's disgusting, shameful and an insult to all citizens in this area, black or white.
  • by Insane Location: Greenville on Feb 21, 2012 at 04:18 AM
    A that's crazy first he lie on the black man then he get 9-12 years for killing a person let alone his father wow this town crazy
  • by mike on Feb 20, 2012 at 09:14 PM
    Black kid got mad went to his car and fired some shots people were random people hit and killed. life sentance. Boy kills father cold blooded. 9 years. Lewis kid gos home gets gun plots murder.....humm wonder if he get anything. anyone else see this pattern?
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      by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2012 at 04:37 AM in reply to mike
      pattern, yeah, dont open fire into a crowd and kill TWO people you dont even know, thats terrorism!! theres your pattern mike.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2012 at 08:28 PM in reply to
        Yeah the pattern is the blacks will always get the heavier sentencing and whites will always get off.
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      by nightrain on Feb 21, 2012 at 06:20 AM in reply to mike
      Wasn't that black kid (richardson) in his 30's? Yeah, he shot at random people. Random people that were standing in front of the club he was mad at. He threw a selfish tantrum thinking he was special. He should not only have gotten two death penalty sentences, but also an attempted murder sentence for each of the other rounds that he missed with. I agree with most of the comments in here. Killing your dad is still murder and deserves the death penalty. Lewis kid goes home, calls police, is told to return to scene, takes gun with him for protection (told police there would be trouble if he returned) is attacked, shoots to defend himself (a little late though,) and is now awaiting trial.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2012 at 08:25 PM in reply to nightrain
        Wrong police did not tell the Lewis kid to return with a gun. Stop defending your race.
  • by huey p newton on Feb 20, 2012 at 08:09 PM
    if he knew his parents would find out he didnt attend ecu and was behind on bills and he knew his father would find out and he decides to kill him that sounds premeditated to me..... smh
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