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Man pleads guilty in 2011 stabbing death of newspaper photographer


A man accused in a deadly home invasion and robbery pleaded guilty to murder Thursday.

Antoine Young will spend life in prison without parole for the murder of Creative Loafing photographer, Chris Radok.

Radok's family and friends hugged outside of the Mecklenburg County courthouse.

The day marked the end of a chapter filled with grief and tragedy.

"Two years have passed and we're slightly getting over the murder but his loss has increased, the intensity has increased," said Uwe Radok, Chris Radok's brother.

Uwe Radok traveled all the way from England to see Antoine Young plead guilty to killing his brother.
In court, prosecutor Gabrielle Macon detailed the brutal murder and explained how Young broke into Radok's North Charlotte home, then beat him with a baseball bat when he arrived.

"He was savagely beaten, he was stabbed multiple times, multiple knives were used, just very, very horrific," said Macon.

Prosecutors say Young confessed to a friend who called police. He later admitted he chose Radok's house randomly for quote "no reason". In court, Radok's family and friends described him as an all around good guy.

"He was very, very successful, very highly thought of," said Uwe Radok.

Young's attorney's told the judge that he suffers from schizophrenia and was off of his meds at the time of the murder.

"That's what happened on that day, January 10, 2011, he was totally out of touch," said Norman Butler.

But that detail provided little comfort to Radok's family.

"I miss him every day," said Uwe Radok.

Young also pleaded guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony larceny of a motor vehicle.

He was sentenced to a minimum of nine years in prison for those crimes.

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