Defendant David Catterton, 31, was sentenced to 21 years in prison with no parole after changing his plea to guilty while on trial for first-degree murder. Criminal Court Judge John Campbell approved the settlement of the case which was reached between prosecutors and the defense.
The family of victim John Belder also approved of the resolution of the case.
Last year Catterton pled guilty to 14 other criminal counts, including trafficking in methamphetamine, aggravated assaults, kidnappings and possession of illegal weapons. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison on those cases.
He also has a 4.5-year sentence in federal court for illegal weapons.
Investigators said the shooting occurred on March 5, 2015, two days after Catterton was released from jail on bond for a drug case. Belder, 40, was found at Scenic Highway and James Road in Raleigh suffering from a fatal gunshot wound.
Witnesses said they saw the two men getting into a car in Frayser and that Catterton was armed with a handgun. Multiple witnesses said Catterton later admitted killing Belder and disposing of his car in a field in Arkansas.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Kirby May and Will Muller.