Former Murder Suspect In Jail For Probation Violation

A man who took a plea deal to avoid jail time in a murder case is back in jail for allegedly violating his probation.

Donald Smallwood was sentenced to 36 months of supervised probation in a plea deal connected to the murder of Tyrone Perry in Martin County three years ago. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Following a complaint that he violated his curfew on the night of his sentencing, his parole officer told the judge, who in turn ordered Smallwood back to jail.

Smallwood is being held in the Washington County Jail without bond until an April 18 hearing to address the allegation.

Donsennie Person pleaded guilty to second degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon, his younger brother Dayvon Person pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon for the death of Tyrone Perry.






Two brothers facing charges for the murder of Tyrone Perry in Martin County three years ago have been sentenced. Four other suspects will learn their sentences today.

District Attorney Seth Edwards says Donsennie Person and Dayvon Person entered into plea deals on Friday. They had been scheduled to go on trial today.

Donsennie Person, 22, pleaded guilty to second degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to Edwards. A judge sentenced him to a minimum of 358 months to a maximum of 449 months, which works out to approximately 30 to 37 years in prison.

His younger brother, Dayvon Person, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Edwards says the judge sentenced him to 172 months minimum to 225 months maximum, which is approximately 14 to 18 years in prison.

The Person Brothers were charged in the murder and robbery of Tyrone Perry in Martin County. Investigators said Perry was robbed and then shot while working at Hardison's Logging on Highway 125 in Hamilton. The murder happened in March 2008.

Edwards says four other suspects in the case previously took plea deals in exchange for testimony against the Person Brothers.

Donald Smallwood, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, received 36 months of supervised probation.

O'Darrin Jenkins, who pleaded guilty to commit common law robbery, received the same sentence.

Anterrio Council, who also pleaded guilty to commit common law robbery, was given 8 to 10 months because of his prior criminal records.

Dravon Best, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit felony breaking and entering, was given three to four months in prison.


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  • by Priceless Location: williamston nc on Apr 5, 2011 at 06:20 AM
    Its a shame that the brothers are getting all the time, the other 3 SAID they fled before the shooting we dont know bc we weren't there. I feel that they all shoudl get time they are all guilty. Do the crime you do the time. I agree they should all been working but with the economy we all know that finding a job is hard, The fact of the matter is someone life is gone and someone should pay for the crime. NoT 1 but all who were affiliated. REST in peace TYRONE PERRY.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    The key word here is ALLEGEDLY!!!!
  • by Curious on Apr 2, 2011 at 05:56 AM
    So what about the young man that didn't even go to the scene? Why is he doing time? So I wonder how the judge feels about the D.A. and everybody else questioning his sentence? He has already sentenced everyone and did what he thought would work, so why all the second guessing? Really what is going on?
  • by sorryAbtItAll on Apr 1, 2011 at 11:10 PM
    Its very sad what happened and somebody's life was taken but at the same time, making a big fuss over who did what isn't going to solve anything. God sees everything and knows what part they all played. He is the only one that can judge any of us. My heart goes out to the family but you have to think, we all have kids and they all make mistakes. We don't know what the future holds. Especially if you have younger kids. Don't be so fast to judge someone else's child or say what yours won't do. So while everyone is going around talking about those young men, we all should be praying for them, praying with them, helping to make them better men. I'll be praying for everyone. It's up to God to decide who gets a second chance.
  • by Carmine Location: Washington on Apr 1, 2011 at 04:47 AM
    I'm beginning to hate this website. Why don't you post my comments??? Good Grief!!
  • by ella Location: greenville on Mar 31, 2011 at 05:23 PM
    it really shouldnt matter what the public thinks the judgement has been made u get worser than that while driving whilelicense revoked
  • by Retred PPO Location: Belhaven on Mar 31, 2011 at 04:09 PM
    News media needs to clarify their statement.The murder suspect was sentenced to ?( Possibly only 6-8 months active time) and then the sentence was suspended and the defendant was placed on 36 months of Supervised Probation with 6 or more months of Intensive Probation which entails a curfew, which he violated.
  • by Tim Location: Greenville on Mar 31, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    Folks, the system is broke.....it's time to put the JUSTICe back into the CRIMINAL justice system.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2011 at 04:07 PM
    It is so sad when you can get less time for killing a man. Than you can get for selling a bag of weed. All of them should had got life. Remind you it was 1st degree murder. Never solve problem with a pac on the hand.
  • by Ron Location: Blounts Creek on Mar 29, 2011 at 03:56 PM
    In Pitt Co.,commit murder and face the death penility,In Martin Co. Seth Edwards goes for probation. Time for a change?
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