The Franklin County Grand Jury recently handed down multiple indictments against four of six individuals — including two from Hardy and two from Rocky Mount — who are linked to the shooting death of 20-year-old Justin Chase Prillaman in July 2020 at the 100 block of Salthouse Branch Road in the Henry community of Franklin County.

His brother James Matthew Prillaman, who is two years younger, also was wounded in the shooting.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office investigators presented the evidence to the Franklin County Grand Jury on Monday, Jan. 4. Indictments were issued for the following individuals and charges:

Te’Sean Brooks of Hardy, 19 at the time of the incident — non-capital first degree murder (1 count), malicious wounding (1 count), robbery of residence with a gun (2 counts), larceny of firearm (1 count), statutory burglary of dwelling (1 count), conspiracy to commit burglary (1 count), conspiracy to commit robbery (2 counts), and firearm use in commission of a felony (5 counts).

Qu’Shawn Manns, 20 at the time, of Rocky Mount — non-capital first degree murder (1 count), malicious wounding (1 count), conspiracy to commit burglary (1 count), robbery of residence with a gun (2 counts), conspiracy to commit robbery (2 counts), statutory burglary of dwelling (1 count), larceny of firearm (1 count) and firearm use in commission of a felony (5 counts).

Leon Mitchell, 22 at the time, of Rocky Mount — non-capital first degree murder (1 count), malicious wounding (1 count), robbery of residence with a gun (1 count), larceny of firearm (1 count), statutory burglary of dwelling (1 count), conspiracy to commit burglary (1 count), conspiracy to commit robbery (2 counts), and firearm use in commission of a felony (4 counts).

Sean Schwallenberg, 21 at the time, of Hot Springs — non-capital first degree murder (1 count), malicious wounding (1count), conspiracy to commit burglary (1 count), robbery of residence with a gun (1 count), statutory burglary of dwelling (1 count), larceny of firearm (1 count), conspiracy to commit robbery (2 counts), and firearm use in commission of a felony (4 counts).

Treavon Rachez Taylor, 20 at the time, of Hardy and Austin Kerry Lane, 22 at the time, of Concord, North Carolina, were the other two who were arrested and charges with robbery, but no updates about them were provided.

At approximately 4:20 a.m. July 14, a 911 call was received alerting of shots fired. Justin Prillaman was found dead upon arrival, and his brother was transported to the hospital to treat his injuries.

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