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Man pleads guilty to murder plea in 2013 shooting at Havelock club

Jonathan Pugh, 18, is charged with North's murder.

NEW BERN, Craven County - A Havelock man entered a guilty plea in the 2013 murder case of a shooting that killed one at a club in Havelock.

District Attorney Scott Thomas said Jonathan Pugh, 21, of Havelock, entered the guilty plea and was sentenced Monday morning by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford. The trial was scheduled to start March 27.

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Pugh pled guilty to second degree murder; discharging a weapon into occupied property and five counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Alford sentenced Pugh to consecutive prison sentences, all totaling 495 to 630 months in prison (41 to 52 years).

"We are pleased the defendant has pled guilty and been sentenced up to 52 years in prison," Thomas said in a press release. "We believed, based on the facts, a sentence in the life range was appropriate. A sentence up to 52 years for this 21-year-old defendant is essentially a life sentence."

Havelock Police responded to a shots fired called at Flyers, a club on Hwy. 101 and Fontana Boulevard, on April 14, 2013. Todd Asa North was found with four gunshot wounds and later died at a local hospital. Officers also found out that five other people had been shot but not fatally.

Police interviewed more than 25 witnesses and reviewed surveillance video from the club before Pugh was later arrested.

"Pugh killed one person, injured five others and put even more at risk by his violent criminal conduct," Thomas said. "Had Pugh not pled guilty today, his trial for these offenses would have begun March 27.

"The North family supports this guilty plea and sentence. They are glad to have the prosecution reach this successful conclusion."

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