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Winston-Salem resident pleads guilty to killing man with baseball bat

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Joseph Andrew Misenheimer

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that he beat a 28-year-old man to death with a baseball bat and stole his money.

Joseph Andrew Misenheimer, 25, of Evans Road, entered a guilty plea in Forsyth Superior Court to second-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection to the death of Jackson Dean Sizemore of Pinnacle.

About 40 friends and members of Sizemore’s family took up four rows in the courtroom. All of them wore small white buttons with the words “Justice for Jackson” in large black letters.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies found Sizemore about 11 p.m. on March 27, 2012, in a house in the 2300 block of Echo Bluff Drive in southwestern Forsyth County. He was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he later died.

Misenheimer is accused of beating Sizemore with a baseball bat and taking more than $500 from him, Assistant District Attorney Matt Breeding said in court Wednesday.

Breeding said after the hearing that Sizemore had multiple indications of blunt force trauma. His ribs were shattered and he had skull fractures, he said. Sizemore was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he later died.

Judge William Z. Wood of Forsyth Superior Court sentenced Misenheimer to about 30 years to almost 40 years in prison.

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