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A quick, athletic Jefferson Forest squad proved too potent offensively for the Halifax County High School varsity football squad Friday night, speeding past the Comets, 50-30, in South Boston.

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Fourth suspect enters reduced plea in McKnight murder

SoVaNow.com / March 05, 2014
Walter Thomas Patton Jr., one of four persons charged in the May 2013 murder of La Crosse resident Markee McKnight, pleaded guilty this week to a reduced charge of felony unlawful wounding. He was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary with all five years suspended and ordered to pay $10,049.25 restitution and $423 in costs. He will spend the next year on supervised probation.

The same day that Patton entered his plea, 27-year-old Detric J. Baskerville, who earlier pleaded guilty to the murder of McKnight, was sentenced to 40 years in prison with 12 years suspended. Like Patton, he too was ordered to pay $10,049.25 in restitution and $423 in costs.

In May 2013, Patton, Baskerville, and two of Baskerville’s siblings, Terrell A. Baskerville and Shameka Baskerville, were arrested following the May 11 death of McNight.

According to reports from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, McKnight was found “badly beaten and unresponsive” after a fight in the Quail Hollow Subdivision. He later died at Community Memorial Healthcenter from injuries due to blunt force trauma.

In January, Terrell Baskerville, who admitted guilt in the murder case, received a sentence of 40 years with 28 of those years suspended. He was further ordered to pay $10,049.25 in restitution and $275 in court costs.

Two weeks ago, Shameka Baskerville received a one-year suspended sentence and was ordered to pay $275 in costs after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of assault and battery.

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