Man gets up to seven years in Lexington killing

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LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A 25-year-old Lexington man will spend five to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to a Davidson County shooting death that went unsolved for five years.

The Dispatch of Lexington reports that Rodney Thomas pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Friday as part of a plea deal. He was originally charged with murder in
September, nearly five years after Brittany Craven was found dead in a Lexington home.

Investigators say Thomas shot Craven after they began arguing during a drug deal because he thought Craven was about to pull a gun on him.

Authorities cracked the case after another person with the men that night changed his story. He said he initially lied because Thomas told him they would both be charged with murder if he told the truth