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Man gets prison time for second-degree murder

A Ridgecrest man was sentenced to more than 23 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and multiple drug trafficking felonies, District Attorney Greg Newman announced.


Raymon O. Flores Jr. pleaded guilty to sell/deliver schedule II drugs, sell/deliver schedule I drugs, deliver schedule II, two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking opium or heroin, distribute drugs and second-degree murder. Flores was sentenced to seven years and nine months active time and fined $50,000 on the drug charges. In addition, Flores was also sentenced to 15 years, four months active time and ordered to pay $3,201 in restitution on the second-degree murder conviction.

In other cases in a Superior Court term in Henderson County March 9-27:

  • Ismael J. Batista, of 75 Ramsey Lane, Hendersonville, pleaded guilty to AWDW- Intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Batista was sentenced to 74 months active time.
  • Jordan D. Gash, of 116 Cedar Bluffs Drive, pleaded guilty to crime against nature. Gash was sentenced to 17 months active time and no contact with victim.
  • Julius. L. Hodges, of Dumfries, Virginia, pleaded guilty to larceny of a motor vehicle, resisting public officer, assault on a government official and DWI. Hodge was sentenced to 21 months active plus 60 days active on DWI.
  • Sharday O. Kilgore, of 810 West Allen Street, pleaded guilty to felony possession of cocaine. Kilgore was sentenced to 15 months active.
  • Hector B. Meadows, of 639 Maple Street, pleaded guilty to identity theft. Meadows was sentenced to 20 months active.
  • Tyler J. Owens, of 3646 Chimney Rock Road, pleaded guilty to indecent liberties with a child. Owens was sentenced to 35 months active, no contact with victim and must register as a sex offender for 30 years.
  • Ramsey R. Ramirez, of 175 Delozier Circle, pleaded guilty to fleeing to elude arrest with MV. Ramirez was sentenced to 17 months active.
  • George Summey, of 240 Elson Ave., pleaded guilty to indecent liberties with  a child. Summey was sentenced to 32 months active time, no contact with victim upon release and must register as a sex offender for 30yrs.

Superior Court judges Tommy Davis & Peter Knight presided.