Fifth codefendant pleads guilty in Caston murder
Joshua Calhoun, one of eight men charged in the March 2, 2013 death of Calup Joe Caston, pleaded guilty to murder and robbery charges in a plea deal in Swain County Superior Court on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Calhoun was facing a maximum of life in prison for felony second-degree murder and a maximum of 204 months for felony robbery with a dangerous weapon.
In accordance to the plea deal, the judge sentenced Calhoun to serve no less than 300 months (25 years) and no more than 372 months (31 years) for second-degree murder at the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.
He must also pay $2,933 in restitution and pay pre-trial confinement charges, and he will be credited for 1,445 days in pre-trial confinement.
He was sentenced to an additional 60 to 89 months for felony robbery with a dangerous weapon to run consecutively at the expiration of the previous charge. In total, he will serve at least 30 years before he is eligible for parole.
Read more in Thursday's edition of Smoky Mountain Times.