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Man gets life for killing his cousin

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

A 19-year old Supply man has been found guilty of the 2006 murder of his cousin. He now faces life in prison.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Lock sentenced Gregory Demontrey Simmons to life in prison after a jury found Simmons guilty of first-degree murder.

In May 2006, Simmons was charged with the first-degree murder of his cousin, 23-year-old Alfred Louis Scott, also of Supply.

According to assistant district attorney Brooke Leland, Scott was shot four times with a .357 Smith and Wesson revolver. Scott was pronounced dead in his backyard.

Though Simmons was only 17 years old when he shot and killed Scott, but since it was a capital case, his age did not affect his sentencing, Leland said.

Leland said Simmons’ sentencing was “bittersweet” for the now-divided family.

“They’re a wonderful family—there’s a lot of support,” Leland said about Scott’s family.

“It’s bittersweet for them. They had to relive this through the trial,” she said.

Jury selection began last Monday and the guilty verdict was returned Wednesday. The state called eight witnesses, and Simmons, who pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charge, took the stand for the defense. He testified he waited for Scott at his home and shot him when he came out of the back door, she said.

Simmons was taken to the N.C. Department of Corrections from the Brunswick County Detention Center on April 24.

“We’re all satisfied with the result,” Leland said.