Man gets at least 28 years in Charlotte death

The Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE — A man has been sentenced to at least 28 years in prison for a 2012 killing in Charlotte.

 34-year-old Ralph Lewis Gettys was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Raymona Abraham.

Investigators said Gettys was a bouncer at an illegal liquor house when he got into a confrontation with Abraham, who was unarmed. Investigators say Gettys pulled a gun and shot Abraham three times. He died at the scene.

Gettys said he acted in self-defense. He testified that Abraham and another man had threatened to kill him and he thought both men were armed.

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