Warrenton, NC – Warren County Criminal Superior Court was held the week of March 6, 2017, with Judge Michael O’Foghludha presiding. The State called the case of Rance Richardson for trial. Mr. Richardson was charged with First Degree Murder in the October 11, 2014, death of Daniel Perez Martinez.
During jury selection, Mr. Richardson withdrew his not guilty plea and entered a plea of guilty to Second Degree Murder and Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.
Judge O’Foghludha sentenced Richardson to active consecutive sentences of 230 months minimum to 288 months maximum and 55 months minimum to 78 months maximum, to be served in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Corrections (DAC).
Mr. Richardson’s co-defendant, Luchano Johnson, was also sentenced during the term. Mr. Johnson pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder in July 2016, and was also sentenced to an active term of 193 to 244 months in the DAC.
The District Attorney’s Office was represented by Assistant District Attorneys Onica F. Fuller and Melissa D. Pelfrey. The case was investigated by the Warren County Sheriffs Office and Detective David Brown under the direction of Sheriff Johnny M. Williams along with Agents from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.