Monday, November 29, 2021

Trio of Prison Sentences in Raleigh Murder

— Three men were sentenced to prison Wednesday for a 2015 murder in southeast Raleigh.

James Elvin Alston III, 23, was gunned down in the 700 block of Quarry Road, about two blocks east of Ligon Middle School, on July 2, 2015.

Christopher Rodney Jones, 23, of Raleigh, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 to 25 years in prison, with credit for the time he’s been in jail awaiting trial.

Ashton Traevon Champion, 23, of Raleigh, also pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to between 12 and 15½ years in prison, with credit for time served.

“I can’t speak for my whole family, but I accept your apology,” Alston’s uncle told Champion. “I can’t speak for my family members. Some are still mad at you. But what I want you to do now (is) pray and have a safe road in the system.”

Isaiah Freeman McFarland, 28, of Raleigh, was sentenced to 7-1/3 to 9¾ years in prison as an accessory after the fact of murder.

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