Man sentenced to at least 38 years in prison for killing his grandmother

Melanie Clark, 62, was robbed and shot in March 2018

Man sentenced to at least 38 years in prison for killing his grandmother
Joshua Dimitri Clark robbed and shot his grandmother in March 2018. (Source: Rowan Sheriff's Office)

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Joshua Clark of Rowan County will spend at least the next 38 years in prison for the murder of his grandmother in March 2018.

In Rowan County Criminal Superior Court this week, Clark pleaded no contest to second degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by felon, and possession of a weapon by prisoner.

On the second degree murder charge, Clark received an active prison sentence of a minimum of 360 months to a maximum of 444 months (30-37 years). On the charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by felon, and possession of a weapon by prisoner, he received an active prison sentence of a minimum of 96 months to a maximum of 128 months (8-10.66 years).  This sentence will be served at the expiration of the first sentence, therefore, he will serve an approximate active prison sentence of 38-47.66 years.

Melanie Clark, 62, was found deceased in her home on Dulin Avenue in southeastern Rowan County when deputies arrived just after 11:15 pm on Monday night, March 26, 2018.

Clark’s grandson, Joshua Dimitri Clark, then 25, was originally charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the case.

“The autopsy documented two penetrating gunshot wounds of the head,” the autopsy says. “The injuries sustained from the gunshot wound of the head were sufficient to cause the death of the decedent. Based on the autopsy findings and circumstances surrounding the death, as currently understood, the cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds of the head. The manner of death is homicide.”

Joshua Clark’s home at 225 Happy Lake Road was searched by investigators.  Clark was charged and booked into the jail late the day after Clark’s body was found.

According to warrants, Josh Clark robbed his grandmother of a Wells Fargo credit card.  He was armed with a 9mm handgun at the time.

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