On November 6, a Raleigh man pleaded guilty in Wake County Superior Court to a charge of second-degree murder in connection to a July 12, 2008 crash in which 17-year-old Chapel Hill resident Lillian Broox Manis suffered fatal personal injuries.


After pleading guilty, 20-year-old Justin Caleb Crouse was sentenced to at least seven years and 10 months in prison.


At the time of the crash, Manis, a recent graduate of Chapel Hill High School, was a passenger in a Honda with her boyfriend, Durham resident Philip Jurov, when the Ford Crouse was driving ran a red light on Lynn Road at Glenwood Avenue just before 5 a.m. Jurov suffered serious injuries and Manis died at WakeMed in Raleigh.


In addition to the second-degree murder charge, Crouse also pleaded guilty to felony assault with a deadly weapon for the injuries Jurov suffered.


After serving his prison sentence, Crouse is required to perform 300 hours of community service and counsel young people about the dangers of alcohol.


Manis’ family has also filed a civil suit to recover damages for Jurov’s continued medical expenses.

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