Suspects in stabbing of deaf man sentenced

The Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE — Three people have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the 2012 stabbing death of a man who had just graduated from the N.C. School for the Deaf.

Davonta Turner was sentenced to between 28 and 37 years in prison on Thursday for stabbing 21-year-old Michael Shull during a robbery attempt. Turner’s sister, Aveance Bryant, was sentenced to between 4½ and seven years. Ashley Owens, Turner’s girlfriend when the killing occurred, got five to seven years.

Assistant District Attorney Anna Greene said that on Dec. 22, 2012, Aveance Bryant used sign language to persuade Owens to get out of Shull’s truck so Turner could ride with him. Turner handed Shull a note telling him he was being robbed. Turner then brandished a knife when Shull fought back.