A Charlotte man who fatally shot an 18-year-old woman during a drug purchase and fled with an ounce of marijuana was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Friday, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office said.
Deon Quintin McDonald, 22, was sentenced in Mecklenburg County Superior Court after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder and other offenses in the killing on Halloween night 2013 of Azjee “AJ” Rolanda Pierce and the shooting of a male who survived.
Prosecutors said McDonald and co-defendant Harold Lindsey arranged to buy marijuana from the victims on Rosecroft Drive, off East W.T. Harris Boulevard in east Charlotte.
After McDonald and Lindsey approached the car in which the victims were sitting, McDonald and Lindsey began shooting into the car. Pierce, who was in the driver’s seat, was shot in her neck and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to prosecutors.
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After shooting the male victim multiple times, McDonald and Lindsey robbed him of an ounce of marijuana, prosecutors said.
“Her life was worth more than an ounce of marijuana,” Assistant District Attorney Max Diaz told jurors during his closing argument, as he showed them a photograph of Pierce. “Her life was priceless.”
The jury also found McDonald guilty of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office said. Judge Yvonne Mims Evans added a minimum six years to McDonald’s life sentence.
Lindsey pled guilty in August to second-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He was sentenced to at least 32 years and six months in prison.