It was over four years ago that 34-year-old Mark Anthony Wilson and 39-year-old Deidra LaCarol Ramseur were fatally shot at their residence on Rest Home Road in Claremont. On Monday (Aug. 17th) two more of those who were charged in that case were sentenced in Catawba County Superior Court.
The double murders happended on March 12, 2016. One of those sentenced this week, 27-year-old Reand Pablo-Antonio Rivera of Fayetteville, broke into the residence along with three other men seeking money and drugs. When Wilson made a move to retrieve a gun, Rivera shot him multiple times. Those shots were not, however, deemed to have been the fatal ones.
Rivera entered a guilty plea to two counts of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon in March of last year.
The other man sentenced Monday, 30-year-old Devin Maurice Ussery of Conover, pleaded guilty to two counts of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon last September.
The reason they were sentenced then was that as a part of their plea agreements, they agreed to provide testimony against three other co-defendants.
Rivera was sentenced to 30 to 39 years in prison, Ussery got a sentence of seven to nine years. Ussery's attorney argued that his client was just the getaway driver in the crime and didn't actually participate in the murders.
An autopsy on the two victims said that Ramseur and Wilson likely died as a result of a blast from a shotgun.
A third of five men arrested in the case, William Crawford Powell Jr., 27, of Fayetteville, received a prison sentence of 15-21 years earlier this month. Two others – Arsenio DeWayne Curtis and Jordan Alexander Rivera – have pending court dates.