Man admits to 2018 Jacksonville motel murder

Published: Mar. 5, 2021 at 3:27 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 5, 2021 at 4:19 PM EST
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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A man Friday afternoon admitted to killing a woman at a Jacksonville motel back in 2018.

Jamie Weaks pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in return for first-degree murder and shooting into occupied dwelling charges being dropped by the district attorney.

The murder of 41-year-old Felicia Parker happened at the Budget Inn on Marine Boulevard back on July 31, 2018.

Police said Weaks was caught in Indiana the next day by Indiana State Police.

Prosecutors say Parker was shot three times by Weaks.

They said Weaks went to the motel room looking for a man who had cheated his sister in a drug deal earlier that day. Weaks knocked at the door, and when Parker wouldn’t answer, prosecutors say the man opened fire.

As part of the plea deal, Weaks was sentenced to between 22 and 27 years in prison. He will also receive mental health and substance abuse treatment while in prison.

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