Raleigh barber shop murder suspects work out plea deal

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THe prosecution worked out a plea deal with two murder suspects (WTVD)

Wake County prosecutors worked out a plea deal with a pair of murder suspects in a shooting that left a 30-year-old man at a barber shop dead.

Now, the victim's mother is saying the suspects got away with murder.

Edith Weiner told a judge Friday she isn't happy that her son's killers got to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

The man who fired the initial shots, 27-year-old Isiah Owens, was the first to plead guilty. Owens pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and voluntary manslaughter.

In a plea deal, Owens was sentenced to a minimum of just over eight years in a prison, with a maximum of 12 years.

Owens's co-defendant, 28-year-old Shawn Jones, also pleaded guilty. He will serve a maximum of eight and a half years in prison.

The crime happened in April 2014 at a barber shop on New Bern Avenue near downtown Raleigh. Two men, who were reportedly unintended targets, were shot in the leg.

Officials said Anthony Weiner, 30, was the intended target. He was shot and killed.

The prosecutor said the motive was revenge. Owens mistakenly thought Weiner was responsible for Owens' brother's death a few months earlier.

The prosecutor said Owens fired the first two shots and his co-defendant, Jones, fired six more.

Weiner's mother said she was angry at those who wouldn't come forward, forcing the DA's office to cut a deal.

"Today, they may feel like they have victory because they get no time, no time," Edith Weiner said. "But my God that I pray to every day will see to it that they pay and suffer for everything they've done to my family."

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