Man Pleads Guilty To Beating Death Of Cherry Point Marine

A plea deal has been reached in the 2008 murder of Cherry Point Marine Anthony Gonzales.

Alexander Ellison pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder, first degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, committing robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Three other suspects who were teenagers at the time of the murder are also facing charges.

New Bern Police say Ellison beat Gonzales to death with a radio speaker box near the Palms Night Club in September 2008. A second victim was assaulted and abducted, but was able to escape.

Ellison faces a maximum of 30 year sentence. The three co-defendents have cases pending.

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