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Man charged with first-degree murder sentenced to 65 years

Thirty-year-old Champaign County resident Micah Hopkins was sentenced to 65 years for a first-degree murder charge after shooting his friend, 26-year-old Allen Redding, in June 2014, according to the News-Gazette on May 15.

Court documents showed that an altercation regarding money happened between Hopkins and Redding in the yard of Redding’s cousins, and ultimately resulted in Hopkins shooting Redding. Seven of the eight shots Hopkins fired on Redding went into his back.

Hopkins will not be eligible for parole within the 65-year sentence, as this is 15 years fewer than the maximum sentence.

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Champaign jury rejects self-defense plea and convicts man in shooting

A jury in Champaign County deliberated for five hours on April 9 before rejecting 30-year-old local Micah Hopkins’ claim that he shot 26-year-old local Allen Redding repeatedly in self-defense, thereby convicting Hopkins of first-degree murder, according to the News-Gazette.

Redding suffered eight gunshot wounds in the yard of his cousin’s home at around 5:30 p.m. on June 24, 2014. The incident began over a dispute about money. Although two other men were originally implicated in the crime, the charges against them were dismissed.

Sentencing for this conviction will occur in May; Hopkins is expected to receive 45 years to life in prison.

First-degree murder, which is a charge described as the unlawful killing of another person either intentionally or while committing a different felony, is a grave criminal offense that results in serious implications to the freedom of those convicted. If you have been charged with this crime in Champaign, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Bruno Law Offices by dialing 217-328-6000 today to learn how we may help you challenge every aspect of the case against you.

Chapel Hill triple-murder suspect charged with first-degree murder

A grand jury in Durham County, North Carolina indicted 46-year-old Craig Hicks on three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of three Muslim college students, identified as 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his 21-year-old wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, The Herald-Sun reported on February 16.

They were reportedly shot on February 10 at their home in the Finley Forest condominium complex on Summerwalk Circle in Chapel Hill.

Police authorities were able to confiscate 12 pieces of firearms in Hicks’ apartment, which consist of four handguns, two shotguns, and six rifles, all of which came with ammunition, search warrants showed.

One bullet was found within the vicinity of the married couple’s condominium while eight shell casings were discovered in the couple’s living room.

According to authorities from the Chapel Hill Police Department, the victims each received a shot in the head with a handgun.

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