Man accused of shooting into occupied vehicle in Burlington in 2017 sentenced to 24½ years


Christopher Lee Neal

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — A man charged in connection with a shooting into an occupied vehicle in Burlington in 2017 has been sentenced to prison.

Christopher Lee Neal was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a firearm into a moving occupied vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Neal was sentenced to 24½ years in prison.

The shooting happened on June 13, 2017, at the intersection of West Web Avenue and Glenn Raven Road. Burlington police said Neal pulled up beside of a woman’s car and fired shots at it. However, Neal’s girlfriend, Latanya Michelle Whetsell, has said in open court she was the shooter and Neal was driving, according to the Burlington Times-News.

The victim was not injured.

Neal and Whetsell were arrested in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on June 15, 2017.

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