Crime & Courts

Charlotte man sentenced to life for 2013 murder

Reuben Timothy Curry
Reuben Timothy Curry Mecklenburg County jail

A Charlotte man was sentenced to life in prison Friday after a jury found him guilty of fatally shooting a man during an attempted robbery in west Charlotte three years ago.

Reuben Timothy Curry, 31, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Ronny Eugene Steele, 57.

In February 2013, three gunmen in dark clothes tried to rob Steele and several of his companions outside a home on Wedgefield Drive, prosecutors said. Wedgefield Drive is off Old Steele Creek Road, in the Wingate neighborhood east of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

An exchange of gunfire followed, and Steele was shot in his back. Steele was taken by ambulance to Carolinas Medical Center, where he died of his wound.

Police later identified the gunmen as Curry, Charles Snowden and James Hunter.

Snowden previously pleaded guilty in connection with the case. In March 2015, a jury found Hunter guilty of first-degree murder. He also was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak