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High Point murder suspect sentenced to life in prison

Posted on: 7:38 am, June 18, 2013, by , updated on: 07:39am, June 18, 2013

HIGH POINT, N.C. — A 24-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison Monday afternoon after a jury found him guilty in a fatal High Point shooting.

Keith Lauchon Jackson Jr., 24, was accused of shooting 21-year-old Joshua Sweitzer in the head on Halloween night in 2007 while Sweitzer was working as a clerk at the Lucky Mart in High Point.

Joshua Sweitzer

Joshua Sweitzer

According to the High Point Enterprise, Jackson was found guilty of both first-degree murder and attempted robbery with a firearm.

Jackson was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole by Superior Court Judge John Craig III, the paper reports.

Added security was present during the sentencing because Jackson escaped from the courtroom on Monday, June 3 — the first day of the hearing.  Officers found Jackson hiding in the bushes beside the nearby parking deck about 15 minutes later.

Source: HPE.com