Two more defendants in a Catawba County double-murder case are headed to prison. On Monday 27-year-old Reand Pablo-Antonio Rivera of Fayetteville and 30-year-old Devin Maurice Ussery of Conover received their sentences for their roles in the March, 2016 deaths of 34-year-old Mark Anthony Wilson and 39-year-old Deidra LaCarol Ramsuer. The victims were fatally shot at their residence on Rest Home Road in Claremont on March 12, 2016.
Rivera entered a guilty plea to two counts of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon during Catawba County Superior Court on March 19, 2019. Ussery pleaded guilty to two counts of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon during Catawba County Superior Court on September 19, 2018.
Rivera was sentenced to serve a period of 30 to 39 years in prison, Ussery received an active prison term of seven to nine years. The sentences were imposed by the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County.
Rivera was one of four men who broke into the residence seeking money and drugs. He held Wilson at gunpoint. When Wilson made a move to retrieve a gun, Rivera shot him multiple times with a 9-millimeter handgun, though the shots he fired are not believed to be the fatal ones. Ussery’s defense attorney said his client was not part of the planning or conspiracy to rob and kill Wilson and Ramseur, noting that he was just asked to drive and gave a detailed account of what happened.
Autopsy findings show that Ramseur died as a result of a shotgun blast to the head. Wilson died from gunshot wounds to the neck and head from a shotgun and 9-millimeter handgun. Rivera and Ussery were two of five co-defendants linked to the shooting deaths of Wilson and Ramseur. Three of them have now been sentenced. Two others – Arsenio DeWayne Curtis and Jordan Alexander Rivera – have pending court dates.
As part of their plea agreements, both defendants sentencing was delayed so they could be interviewed by investigators regarding their involvement in the planning and execution of the burglary, robbery and murder of the victims. They also agreed to provide testimony against co-defendants. Both defendants addressed the families of the victims and offered apologies for their roles in the deaths of Wilson and Ramseur.
The case was investigated by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant District Attorneys Lance Sigmon and Sean Baetjer handled prosecution for the State.