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5 men sentenced in Mooresville home invasion

Five men received prison sentences ranging from 11 to 18 years in connection with a 2011 armed home invasion in Mooresville.

U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn Jr. sentenced the men on Thursday, according to Anne Tompkins, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of N.C.

Osman White, 42, of Summerville, S.C., was sentenced to 140 months; Roderick Hardin, 40, of Charlotte, was sentenced to 150 months; Timothy Donahue, 44, of Mount Pleasant was sentenced to 188 months; Leo McIntyre, Jr., 39, of Charlotte, was sentenced to 140 months and Otis Sutton, 23, of Charlotte, was sentenced to 219 months, according to a press release from Tompkins’ office.

In announcing the lengthy sentences, Cogburn emphasized the violent nature of the crimes.

Following their release, each defendant will serve three years under court supervision and pay $1,500 as restitution, Tompkins stated.

The robbery was planned while White, McIntyre and Hardin were in jail in Mecklenburg County, when White told them that Donahue knew of which places and people to rob, court documents and court proceedings show.

On July 21, 2011, three adults and three children were sitting outside of a Mooresville residence. One of the adults is the owner and operator of a car dealer and salvage yard on the same property as the residence, according to court records.

Hardin and Sutton, armed with firearms, pulled into the driveway of the residence and demanded money from the owner and ordered the entire family into the house, according to court records.

Hardin threatened to shoot the children if the business owner did not hand over money kept in a safe inside the residence, court records show.

Hardin and Sutton took approximately $1.5 million from the safe and tied up the adults, and Hardin struck the owner in the head, according to court records.

Hardin rented a storage unit in Charlotte after the robbery to store some of the money, court records show. On July 29, 2011, law enforcement found approximately $550,000 in the unit and arrested Hardin when he arrived at the storage unit the following day.

All defendants except Donahue entered guilty pleas. After a six-day trial, a federal jury found Donahue guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery.

A sixth defendant, Abdul White, 44, of Charlotte, pleaded guilty in November 2012 to being an accessory after the fact. White has not yet been sentenced but he could face a maximum prison term of 10 years and a $125,000 fine.

Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

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