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Man who killed a pregnant woman in Wilson spent 4 years in prison for a 2015 Rocky Mount murder

Michael Tavira was killed on Jefferson St in Rocky Mount on February 2nd, 2015.

Tavira was killed at 226 Jefferson St in Rocky Mount. RMPD responded to a shooting around 9pm that night. When they arrived, they found Tavira and a 17 yr. old suffering from gunshot wounds.

SUCCESS ANGELO CHANDLER JR - AKA "WIDE AWAKE" a validated crips gang member plead guilty to manslaughter and started serving his sentence 2/22/2017 he was given a 7-year sentence but was released 7/27/2020 on parole after serving just 3 years and 5 months of his sentence.

On September 24th, 2020, Chandler was put back in prison because he violated his terms of parole. He then remained in prison until 5/16/2021 when he was released.

Authorities cite that the reason for a short sentence and a conviction of manslaughter vs murder is because of the lack of cooperation of witnesses.

Fast forward to December 26th, 2021 - Just 7 months after Chandlers release from prison,

Precious Vernetta Dyer 29-years-old was four months pregnant and planning her wedding in the upcoming months. She was at Evolution Music Hall in Wilson NC and around 130am shots rang out. Precious was struck by a bullet and killed. Precious was not the intended target and was an innocent bystander.

A thorough investigation was conducted by Wilson County Sheriff's Office which led to the arrest of Success Chandler Jr. on Friday 2/25/2022.

Chandler currently has drug charges in grand jury review in Nash and Wilson counties. He also has a pending case of Possession of a Firearm by a felon.

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