Crime & Courts

Man pleads guilty in gun slaying

A 22-year-old Charlotte man pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder in the 2012 shotgun slaying of a 65-year-old man south of uptown and was sentenced to at least 27 years in prison.

Authorities said Stacey Dejon Brown was the triggerman in the robbery and shooting death of Robert Heym, a former homeless man from New York City who came to Charlotte to live and work at the invitation of a family friend.

Prosecutors said Brown and Roderick Crawford robbed Heym of his cellphone. When Heym resisted, Brown shot him at close range. Joe Marusak