Man pleads guilty to murdering cousin

Jul. 30, 2013 @ 05:30 PM

A High Point man accused of second degree murder has taken a guilty plea instead of going to trial.
Michael Shay McCollum Jr., 30, recently pleaded guilty to the murder of Montre Lamonde Davis in 2010. McCollum also was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, first degree burglary and kidnapping, but the state dismissed those charges under the plea bargain.
He was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years and six months and a maximum of 15 years and nine months in state prison. He was given a 240-day jail credit so he could serve a minimum of about 11 years and 10 months. 
Montre’s mother, Mable Davis, said the verdict brings a sense of closure for her son’s death.
“It will never really bring closure. I am not happy about him pleading guilty, but I am just a little bit more satisfied. We will never have closure to Montre’s death, but we have to go on,” Mable said.
On Dec. 23, 2010, McCollum, along with Jermaine Watts of Jamestown and Carl Fleming of High Point, was involved in a home invasion at 709-B Chandler Ave. that ended in the shooting death of 31-year-old Davis. Apparently, Davis and several family members, including three children, were celebrating coming into some money when they were robbed. The trio took about $1,000 in cash from the home, according to the indictment.
Davis and McCollum were cousins.
“It did put a wedge between the families. We used to do so much together. My family is a big family. My mom and dad had nine children. We grew up together, traveled together and did things together. After this happened, we tried to do things, but it was just something in the air,” Mable said.
An autopsy report from the N.C. Medical Examiner’s Office showed that Davis was shot five times with a Smith and Wesson 9 mm handgun. A gunshot wound to the abdomen ended up killing him.
Fleming pled guilty to the second degree murder charge resulting in the dismissal of the first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon on April 17.
He was sentenced to a minimum of 190 months and maximum of 237 months in state prison with 932 days jail credit.
Watts pled guilty to the second-degree murder charge, the first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
He was sentenced to a minimum of 409 months and a maximum of 528 months in state prison, with 932 days jail credit.
Mable said she hopes her family can come back together after this.
“We still love each other, of course. We will always love each other. The love is still there, and I think over time we will be able to go on with our life because we were a close family,”  Mable said. “We are a strong family. We can move on from this, and we are going to be OK.”
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