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Three sentenced in 2011 drug deal murder

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Robert Lee McPhail Robert Lee McPhail
Damon Kenneth Grimes, 39 Damon Kenneth Grimes, 39
Ngai Yarree Sutton, 39 Ngai Yarree Sutton, 39
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

This week, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Homicide Team sent three men to prison for convictions connected to the 2011 murder of Larry Dean Wallace, Jr., 40.

One of the defendants, Robert Lee McPhail, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

The trial against McPhail, 40, began April 8, in Mecklenburg County Superior Court. He was tried for first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

On April 17, the jury found him guilty as charged, and he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, as well as an additional 38 to 55 months in prison.

Damon Kenneth Grimes, 39, pled guilty to second-degree murder. He was sentenced to 165 to 207 months in prison.

Ngai Yarree Sutton, 39, previously pled guilty to second-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Sutton, who testified for the State during the trial against McPhail, was sentenced to 138 to 175 months in prison.

In April 2011, Wallace had arranged to buy marijuana at Grimes' home on Woodstone Drive in Charlotte. When Wallace and a friend arrived at the home, Grimes let them inside. Soon, Sutton and McPhail, who was armed with an AK-47, entered the home, officials said.

McPhail held Wallace at gunpoint while Sutton took his money. Wallace did not fight back, and raised his hands in the air. That's when, investigators say, McPhail shot him in the chest.

Wallace died at an area hospital.

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