Former ECU Student pleads guilty to running over Camp Lejeune Marine

A man pleads guilty to running over a Camp Lejeune Marine last year, and will now spend the next several years in prison.

Jackson Davies was a 19-year-old student at East Carolina University when he says he fatally hit 22-year-old Cory Reese with his vehicle.

According to ECU, he was last enrolled in February of 2014. That's the same month and year the accident happened. Authorities say a dispute outside of a fraternity party in Wilmington preceded the fatal encounter.

Davies was sentenced Monday in a Wilmington courtroom. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dismissed a second-degree murder charge.

Davies was sentenced to between 5 and 7 and a half years in prison. He will also serve five years of probation upon release.


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A teenager charged with hitting and killing a Camp Lejeune Marine with his car has now been indicted on second degree murder charges.

The District Attorney's Office in New Hanover County said on Monday, a grand jury indicted 19-year-old Jackson Davies with second-degree murder and felony death by motor vehicle.

Davies is from Apex, and was an East Carolina University student at the time of the crash. The university said today that Davies is no longer enrolled. It says he left the university on February 21st, five days after the accident.

Davies was originally charged with felony death by motor vehicle and impaired driving in the death of 22-year-old Cory Reese in February.

Police said Reese was on Rose Avenue in Wilmington, near the campus of UNC Wilmington, when Davies hit Reese with his vehicle.

Authorities said in court that an altercation between the two had taken place at a party prior to the incident.

The car hit a tree and a utility pole, and Davies was hospitalized at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was charged, after being released from the hospital, was booked under a $50,000 bond.

According to an assistant district attorney, a judge doubled Davies' original bond on Monday to $100,000 and put him on an electronic home monitoring system. The judge's orders, according to the DA's office, were to only leave home for medical or legal purposes.


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