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An early-morning altercation on Westbrook Avenue in Seaside just shy of one year ago left one man dead.
Just before 3 a.m. Aug. 25, 2007, police responded to a home at 7232 Westbrook Ave., where they found 20-year-old Dean Alan Malott, of 1707 Bay St., dead after he was stabbed once in the chest.
Nineteen-year-old Raymond Stout was charged with Malott’s murder.
On Monday, Stout pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
Superior Court Judge Gary Locklear sentenced Stout to 7 years, 11 months to 10 years, 3 months in the N.C. State Department of Corrections.
According to assistant district attorney Lee Bollinger, Stout and Malott had been drinking and taking Xanax together before getting into a fight over Stout’s necklace.
A toxicology report from Malott’s autopsy shows Malott’s blood-alcohol level was .26, more than three times the legal limit for driving.
The two were close friends, but known to fight when they had been drinking, Bollinger said.
Stout admits to stabbing Malott, he said.
“He had been in a car wreck about two months prior to the incident and had brain surgery. Mix that with alcohol, Xanax and arguing, he ends up killing what he considers his best friend,” Bollinger said.
Throughout the investigation, Stout has been “cooperative and concerned and remorseful,” Bollinger said.
Stout has only one prior conviction, a misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge.
Locklear also sentenced the following suspects Monday:
•James E. Brooks Sr. pleaded guilty to five counts of sell and deliver cocaine, seven counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, three counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to keep a controlled substance and one count of selling cocaine.
He was sentenced to 2 years, 6 months to 3 years in the N.C. Department of Corrections and 36 months supervised probation after his release. Brooks’ arrest came after a year-long investigation of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit.
•Ricky Martinez pleaded guilty to second-degree rape. He was sentenced to 7 years, 8 months to 10 years in the N.C. Department of Corrections. Martinez is an illegal immigrant, and the proper federal authorities have been contacted to ensure Martinez is deported at the completion his sentence.
Caroline Curran is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or at email@example.com.