LUMBERTON — A Fairmont man on Monday pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of a 63-year-old man whose body was found in an auto shop on West Fifth Street last year.
According to District Attorney Johnson Britt, Hilton Oxendine Jr. was sentenced to between eight years and a maximum of 12 years and eight months in prison for the murder of Clarence Stephen Maynor. Oxendine ran the auto shop, and rented the building from Maynor.
Britt said Oxendine entered an open plea, meaning there was no agreement on the terms of his sentence.
“The defense showed evidence in favor of Mr. Oxendine,” Britt said. “… It’s in the lower end of the sentencing range.”
According to previous reports, Maynor’s body was found on Feb. 28 in the office area of the garage at Tire & Auto at 2700 W. Fifth St. Police found Maynor’s body a week after a co-worker filed a missing person’s report with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
Oxendine, who turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Office, told sheriff deputies that Maynor had been dead since Feb. 20 and that his body was inside the Fifth Street garage. He admitted to killing Maynor after they argue over rent money and a lease for the building.
Oxendine said he pulled a handgun out of his desk and shot Maynor after the argument turned violent. Maynor was shot multiple times in the mid-section.
Oxendine told police that he then closed up the business, left and did not return the building before deciding to surrender to law enforcement.
Maynor’s black 2007 Chevrolet Corvette was found parked inside the garage and a handgun was recovered.
Maynor lived in Ocean Isle Beach, but also kept a home on Sherwood Road in Lumberton.