FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A Fayetteville man who was facing a death-penalty trial for three murders pleaded guilty in the case on Monday afternoon, officials say.
Shawn Lee Legrand halted his trial and pleaded guilty in the murders that happened during a home invasion two days after Thanksgiving in 2011, according to Cumberland County Court officials.
Legrand was then sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without parole.
The victims, who were killed at a home at 288 Ingram Street, are: his cousin Ardell Paige Jr., 33, a woman, Krystle Papile, 26, and Steven Fitzgerald, 37.
Two other people were hurt in the attack.
Before the 2011 triple murder, Legrand was released from prison five months earlier. He had served almost 19 years on first degree burglary, robbery and assault convictions.
Police said Legrand drove away from the scene and was spotted by police officers. They shot Legrand when he pointed a gun at the officers during a foot chase in the 200 block of C Street, according to police.
Legrand was initially charged with three counts of first degree murder, two counts of attempted first degree murder, and four counts of first degree kidnapping.
Legrand’s family told WNCN that one of the victims, Ardell Paige Jr., was his cousin.