Perquimans man sentenced to 21-27 years for 2012 fatal shooting


By Peter Williams
The Perquimans Weekly

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

HERTFORD — A Perquimans County man was sen­tenced to be­tween 21 and 27 years in prison Tues­day af­ter plead­ing guilty in the shoot­ing death of an­other Perquimans man five years ago.

Ramel Sa­muels, 26, pleaded guilty to sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the April 2012 shoot­ing death of Tre’ Brothers, 19, of Albe­marle Road. Sa­muels also pleaded guilty to shoot­ing into an oc­cu­pied dwelling.

Su­pe­rior Court Judge J.C. Cole sen­tenced Sa­muels to serve a prison sen­tence of no less than 21 years and no more than 27 years.

Prior to his guilty plea, Sa­muels had been charged with first-de­gree mur­der.

Perquimans Sher­iff Shelby White said Brothers was stand­ing in­side his house in April 2012 when Sa­muels shot him through a screen door with a shot­gun. Sa­muels and an­other sus­pect, Yanaula G. Stratikis, fled the area af­ter Brothers’ shoot­ing, White said.

Sa­muels was later cap­tured in New York, where he was held un­til he was ex­tra­dited back to North Carolina in Fe­bru­ary 2016.

Stratikis re­mains in cus­tody await­ing trial.