Former Marine Gets Life In Prison For Murders

A judge decided to give the maximum sentence of life in prison with no parole for a former Camp Lejeune Marine, less than an hour after the jury found him guilty of killing two men.

Jurors returned a guilty verdict on 2 counts of first degree murder for Jarrell Wilson about 7:00pm Tuesday. Wilson was sentenced to two life sentences to be served concurrently. His attorney says he plans to appeal the verdict.

Wilson was found guilty of killing 24-year-old Gabriel Ape and 23-year-old Christopher Watts. The two men were shot to death in a parking lot behind the Northwoods Shopping Center last year.

Wilson's defense completed its case Tuesday morning and closing arguments from lawyers began shortly before 1:00 p.m. The judge gave jurors final instructions before they began deliberating around 3:15 p.m.

Wilson testified Monday that he feared for his life when the shooting took place. Wilson told jurors that he was dating Ape's sister and said that Watts, who was the woman's ex-boyfriend, was after him.


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A man on trial for the deaths of two Jacksonville men took the witness stand in his own defense.

Jarrell Wilson, a former Marine Corps cook, is accused of murdering 24-year-old Gabriel Ape and 23-year-old Christopher Watts. The two men were killed in a parking lot behind the Northwoods Shopping Center last year.

Wilson testified that he feared for his life when the shooting took place. Wilson told jurors that he was dating Ape's sister and said that Watts did not like him and was after him.

Wilson said Ape confronted him that night about the $60 he owed him over a cellphone that broke and said he shot the two in self defense.

If convicted Wilson could be sentenced to life in prison.


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A superior court judge has refused to reduce charges against a former Camp Lejeune Marine who is accused of killing two people.

The double murder trial of Jarrell Wilson entered its second week Monday with the state calling its last witnesses and then resting.

Jarrell's lawyer tried to get the first degree murder charge reduced to second degree murder or felony murder, but the judge denied that motion.

Wilson, who was a former Marine cook, is on trial for the July 2009 shooting deaths of 24-year-old Gabriel Ape and 23-year-old Christopher Watts. The two men were killed in a parking lot behind the Northwoods Shopping Center.

If convicted, Wilson faces life in prison without parole.


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Thursday was day two of testimony in the double murder trial of a former Camp Lejuene Marine accused of killing two men last year.24-year-old Jarrell Wilson is charged with two counts of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of 24-year-old Gabriel Ape and 23-year-old Christopher Watts.

In court Thursday emergency medical workers testified and described Ape and Watts' gunshot wounds. The Onlsow County medical examiner said Watts was shot in the face at point blank range. Ape was shot at close range in the chest. Tears were shed by several family members as the jury was shown pictures of Ape and Watts lying dead in the parking lot behind the Northwoods Shopping Center in July 2009.

If convicted, Wilson faces life in prison without parole.


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