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Baskerville pleads guilty to reduced charge

SoVaNow.com / February 26, 2014
Shameka Baskerville, one of four suspects in the May 2013 murder of La Crosse resident Markee McKnight, last week pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of assault and battery and received a suspended sentence.

Baskerville, 30, of South Hill, was arrested in May 2013 after the May 11 death of McNight along with her brothers, 23-year-old Terrell A. Baskerville and 27-year-old Detric J. Baskerville, and 25-year-old Walter Patton. According to reports from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s office, McKnight was found badly beaten and unresponsive following a fight in the Quail Hollow Subdivision. He later died at Community Memorial Healthcenter from injuries due to blunt force trauma.

Originally charged with murder, Baskerville entered into an agreement that allowed her to plead to a reduced misdemeanor charge of assault and battery. She was sentenced to 12 months, with the sentence reduced to time served. Baskerville must also pay $275 in court costs.

In December, her brother Detric admitted his role in the murder, as did brother Terrell in January. Terrell was sentenced to 40 years in the penitentiary with 28 years suspended, fined $1,695 in court costs and an additional $10,049.25 in restitution. Detric’s sentencing is set for February 26.

Patton, the fourth suspect, is set to be tried Thursday, February 26.

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