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Murder victim's mother: I'm forgiving you

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Daniel Henry,17, and Jasmine Dottin, 18, both have pleaded guilty in the 2012 murder of Joshua Proutey. Daniel Henry,17, and Jasmine Dottin, 18, both have pleaded guilty in the 2012 murder of Joshua Proutey.
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Two people charged in connection to the murder of 19-year-old Joshua Proutey pleaded guilty Thursday morning.

The teen's mother, Patty Proutey, was emotional as she sat in the courtroom, listening to District Attorney Ben David describe how her son was found lying in a parking lot with blood on his face.

Proutey was gunned down at the corner of Second and Orange streets in December 2012.

In court Thursday, David explained Proutey was shot and killed by a gun held just inches away from his face for $10 and a sandwich from Jimmy Johns.

"The toughest part is that you picked up the sandwich of someone who was just murdered, who does that?" Patty Proutey said through tears to Daniel Henry, who was one of the two people who pleaded guilty Thursday.

Henry will serve 20-25 years in jail after pleading guilty to second degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and attempted first degree burglary.

Like Henry, Jasmine Dottin pleaded guilty Thursday to the same charges and will serve 20-25 years in jail. Dottin also pleaded guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon and will serve an additional 5-7 years.

Patty Proutey said she had the hardest time writing her statement to Dottin, but wasn't sure why.

"You drove away and left my baby in a gravel parking lot to die by himself," Patty Proutey said to Dottin. "I don't get it. I don't understand it."

As she did with the other defendants, Chris Cromartie and Quintel Grady, who have already pleaded guilty, Patty Proutey, forgave both Henry and Dottin.

"Because of my Christianity, I'm forgiving you," she said. "Not because you deserve it, but to save my own life."

She also described how losing her son has been like having her heart ripped out of her chest.

"Every morning we wake up and for a split second we forget Josh is gone, then it hits," Patty Proutey said to Dottin in court.

Both Henry and Dottin stood up in court and spoke to both Proutey's family and their own.

"I am truly sorry for the pain I have caused you, Mrs. Proutey," Dottin said. She also went on to thank her family for all of their support.

Henry became emotional during his statement, tearing up as he explained that he didn't mean for anyone to get hurt.

"No words can bring [Proutey] back, and I take full responsibility for my actions," he said. Henry also apologized to his family and said that his actions were his alone, and not a product of how he was raised.

"I hope you can forgive me, I understand if you can't," he concluded. "I'm sorry."

Grady pleaded guilty in December 2013. As the man who fired the shot which ultimately took Proutey's life, Grady now faces a sentence of life in jail without parole.

Cromartie pleaded guilty in April of 2014. He faces a sentence of at least 35 years in jail.

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