A North Carolina man is headed to prison for his role in the murder of a New Jersey street gang member who authorities say was killed because a gang leader thought he had told police about a robbery the leader committed.
Ocean County prosecutors claim 37-year-old Dennis Thigpen of Robersonville fatally shot 19-year-old Anthony Skyers in 2008. Thigpen was convicted of conspiracy in the slaying, but three murder trials all ended in hung juries.
Thigpen received a 17-year sentence on Friday and must serve 85 percent of that term before he becomes eligible for parole.
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Dyshon Ragland, the gang leader who ordered the slaying of Skyers, was convicted on numerous charges, including armed robbery, murder, conspiracy, witness tampering and aggravated assault. He's now serving a lengthy state prison term.
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