One of seven suspects in a drug deal killing in Columbia has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 30-year-old Richard Leroy Nole Jr. was sentenced Tuesday after a judge accepted his guilty plea to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the August 2018 death of 31-year-old Randall King III.
Randall King’s sister, Cherelle King, was in tears leaving the courtroom and said there was “no justice.”
Six other suspects are charged with second-degree murder in the case.
Several of them said gunfire erupted when King grabbed another woman “like a hostage” during a methamphetamine deal. The woman also was shot but survived.
However, another suspect offered police a different account, saying that the shooting happened as King was leaving an apartment and that everyone was having a “normal conversation” up to that point.