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North Carolina cousins plead guilty to killing store clerk

July 16, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The cousin of a convicted murderer has also pleaded guilty in the killing of a store clerk in a botched beer robbery.

The News & Observer reports Charles Willis pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Monday in the death of 58-year-old Mohamed Shoufar.

Willis took a plea agreement for between 12 and more than 15 years in prison, for having given authorities information about his cousin, Robert Jackson, who was convicted of murdering Shoufar then killing a robbery accomplice to keep him quiet.

Prosecutors say Jackson shot Shoufar as he, Willis and Nicholas Bell set out to steal beer and rob the Durham gas station in 2015. Then, Jackson killed Bell because he’d reportedly been discussing the attack.

In June, Jackson was sentenced to up to 29 years in prison.

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