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Jury convicts man in gang-related shooting death

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

It took a jury 20 minutes Monday to convict a 24-year-old man in the 2009 shooting death of Palo Childress, 23.

Warren Jae Avery, was found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. He was sentenced by The Honorable Yvonne Mims Evans, Superior Court Judge.

Avery’s trial began Sept. 9.

Evans sentenced Avery to life in prison without the possibility of parole, as well as an additional 140 to 177 months.

In August 2009, Avery fatally shot Childress in Charlotte after Marco Davis, a gang leader, ordered that Childress be killed.

Originally, police thought Childress was the victim of a robbery. But Officer Robert Fey, a police spokesman, said later, "Mr. Childress, a gang member, was shot and killed by members of another gang."

In February, a jury also convicted Davis, 39, of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, as well as an additional 282 to 348 months in prison.

Two other co-defendants have previously pled guilty in connection with the case.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; On Twitter: @earriero
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