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Men convicted in home invasion get 12 years

A pair of Nathalie men convicted of a number of offenses in connection with a Jan. 5, 2013 home invasion on L. P. Bailey Highway each will serve an effective 12 years in prison.

Judge David Melesco of Rocky Mount sentenced 31-year-old Brooks Deshaun Boyd and 25-year-old Eric Lamont Canada to a total of 36 years in prison each for five charges Wednesday in Halifax County Circuit Court.

Melesco sentenced the pair of co-defendants to 10 years each in prison for three counts of robbery and three years each in prison for two firearms-related charges.

The court ordered the suspended portions of Boyd’s and Canada’s sentences each be conditioned on their good behavior for 25 years, and each of the defendants were placed on probation for two years following their release.

In addition, the court ordered Boyd and Canada to pay $622 restitution apiece to three different victims.

The court withheld sentencing the co-defendants for four other offenses, including conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit burglary while armed with a deadly weapon, burglary of a dwelling while armed with a deadly weapon and robbery.

The convictions against Boyd and Canada stem from a home invasion that occurred in the 9000 block of L. P. Bailey Highway in the early morning hours of Jan. 5, 2013.

According to commonwealth evidence, Canada and Boyd were waiting outside of the house where a card game was taking place, when two of the occupants exited to check on their vehicles.

The first victim saw two individuals dressed in dark clothing, wearing ski masks, and each carrying a shotgun.

The first victim ran and escaped. The second individual was stopped by Canada and Boyd, who threatened to shoot the second victim if they were not allowed entry into the home.

Eventually, Canada and Boyd kicked in the door and held the occupants of the home at gunpoint while taking money, cell phones and other items from the four individuals.   

The owner of the house was able to dial 911 and alert authorities, and officers from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department and Town of Halifax responded. 

Halifax County sheriff’s deputies apprehended Canada and Boyd away from the house several hours later.

During the apprehension, the sheriff’s department recovered the two firearms used in the home invasion as well as several of the items taken during the robberies.


Other court cases

 Joseph Junior Crawley, 54, of Nathalie was sentenced Wednesday to an effective sentence of seven months and 10 days in jail for two offenses.

The court sentenced Crawley to three years in prison, with all but seven months suspended, for a third or subsequent offense of DWI, and to a 30 day-sentence, with all but 10 days suspended for driving on a revoked or suspended operator’s license.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Crawley’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for three years, and it ordered him placed on probation for two years following his release.

The court additionally ordered Crawley receive credit for time served, ordered work release for the defendant and ordered his operator’s license be suspended for three years.

 Lisa Theresa Halloren, 34, of Halifax pleaded no contest Wednesday to an amended charge for trespassing, in a misdemeanor appeal case.

The court sentenced Halloren to an effective 10-day jail sentence and suspended the remaining 20 days in jail, and it ordered the defendant to serve her sentence on weekends.

The court additionally ordered Halloren not to return to Walmart.

 Donald Frank Johnson, 66, of Halifax was convicted Wednesday of an amended charge for reckless driving, in a misdemeanor appeal case.

The court sentenced Johnson to a 12-month suspended jail term, conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for 12 months, and it ordered him to pay a $250 fine. 

The court additionally ordered Johnson to perform 50 hours of community service and complete VASAP, in addition to suspending his operator’s license for six months.