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Belleville man sentenced after 2015 murder

Orlando C. Adkins Jr.
Orlando C. Adkins Jr.

Editor’s note: An initial version of this story said Orlando C. Adkins Jr. shot Nicholas Hood. This was incorrect, and the story has been updated.

A Belleville man will spend 25 years in jail after a home invasion ended in a man being shot repeatedly in front of his fiancee and her children.

Orlando C. Adkins Jr., 22, was sentenced Monday for first degree murder. In exchange for a guilty plea, prosecutors dropped Adkins’ initial charges of first degree murder with a firearm enhancement, residential burglary and home invasion.

Nicholas Hood, 24, was shot three times in October 2015, as his fiancee and her three young children stood by. Hood was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy showed he died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Three others, Stevenson, Williams and Gully, are also charged in connection with this case.

Someone kicked in the door of Hood’s home around 1:30 a.m., shaking the whole structure, Hood’s fiancee, Amber Sarmento, told the BND in 2015. Hood ran down to the living room to see what was going on.

Sarmento said she heard three quick pops, then silence.

She and her three children, ages 4 1/2 months, 6 and 7, were not harmed.