LUMBERTON — A Red Springs man has received a life sentence for a 2008 ambush that involved two other men and left a Fayetteville woman dead, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
The two other men involved in the crime, one of whom faces charges for a separate 2010 murder, will serve at least seven years in prison.
Christopher Lee Locklear, 24, of 980 Dixie Drive in Red Springs, was sentenced on Friday to life without parole after being found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury in the shooting death of Jessica Cahoon.
Cheyenne Dewayne Woods, 22, also of 980 Dixie Drive, and Kenryn McMillan, 29, of 160 Chavis Road in Red Springs, were also charged with first-degree murder but were found guilty of the lesser charges of discharging a weapon into an occupied property and armed robbery.
Woods will serve the two sentences consecutively — at least seven years. He will receive credit for just more than three years he has been in prison. McMillan will serve a minimum of 13 and a half years, less the four years he has been incarcerated.
Cahoon, who was 26, was shot in the head after her Honda Civic was riddled with bullets on Old Red Springs Road about 12:40 p.m. on April 1, 2008, sheriff’s Maj. Howard Branch told The Robesonian. She and her boyfriend, Antonio Locklear, then 23, had just left a birthday celebration for Locklear at his uncle’s house when the attack occurred at a spot about three miles south of Red Springs, Branch said. Locklear was treated and released from Southeastern Regional Medical Center for injuries to his arm.
“They pulled alongside the vehicle in a champagne-colored Cadillac, forced them to stop and … they got out of the vehicle and started shooting,” Branch said.
The jury found Locklear guilty under the felony murder rule, which justifies a first-degree murder charge for any death that occurs during certain felonies; in Locklear’s case, discharging a firearm into an occupied property. He was also found guilty of armed robbery, which added a minimum of four years and three months to his life sentence.
Woods is also facing charges for the April 2, 2010, murder of 32-year-old Roger Dale Chavis, of Shannon. At the time of Chavis’ murder, Woods was out on bail for the shooting that killed Cahoon.
Authorities say Woods and 19-year-old Justin Pevia pulled their black Chrysler up beside ae car in which Chavis was riding and began firing while traveling north on N.C. 71 in Lumber Bridge. The slaying was connected to a drive-by shooting that killed Woods’ mother, Charlene Locklear, and 28-year-old James Earl Hammonds on March 27, 2010.
According to court documents, Locklear’s stepfather and sister were both murdered in separate incidents.