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1 of 7 suspects in drug deal killing sentenced to 20 years

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.

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