The Criminal Court jury took less than 30 minutes to find Brandon Vance guilty of killing Larry Wilkins Jr., 36, the night of March 9, 2014, outside of his residence in the Sycamore Lake Apartments at Raleigh LaGrange Road and Sycamore View Road.Vance, one of three defendants charged in the case, was convicted of murder in the perpetration of a robbery and was automatically sentenced to life in prison by Judge Paula Skahan.
Codefendants Walter Collins and Martiness Henderson, both 19, are in custody and awaiting trials of their own.
Investigators said Vance and his codefendants arranged to meet with Wilkins after seeing his black Ford Mustang advertised online on Craigslist.
In a statement read to the jury, Vance told police their plan actually was to steal the car from Wilkins.
The victim died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Evidence in the case included Vance’s vehicle, which was left behind at the scene because it would not start. Inside were his identification papers and registration. Vance’s fingerprints were found on the victim’s Mustang which was recovered later.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Pam Stark and Sam Winnig.