Five sentenced in 2011 Deal Road home invasion
ENOCHVILLE — A conspiracy that started behind bars ended there Thursday.
Five men were sentenced in federal court for stealing $1.5 million during an armed home invasion off Deal Road in southwest Rowan County in 2011.
U.S. District Court Judge Max. O. Cogburn Jr. handed the men sentences ranging from 11 to 18 years in prison.
Through an investigation by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, authorities found the group conspired to rob Scott Beaver’s home in July 2011 while in Mecklenburg County jail on other offenses.
Cogburn sentenced Osman White, 42, of Summerville, S.C., to serve 140 months in prison; Roderick Darnell Hardin, 40, of Charlotte, to 160 months; Timothy James Donahue, 44, of Mt. Pleasant, to 188 months; Leo McIntyre Jr., 39, of Charlotte, to 140 months, Otis Sutton, 23, of Charlotte, to 219 months.
A sixth defendant, Abdul White, 44, of Charlotte, pleaded guilty in November 2012 to being an accessory after the fact.
Following the ordeal, Beaver told the Post two men carrying guns walked up to the house and forced the family inside. The gunmen bound the Beavers, forced their children to the floor and threatened to shoot the kids if Beaver didn’t hand over the money. Six victims in all were at the house during the invasion.
Once the gunmen left, Beaver chased the getaway vehicle and phoned officers, detailing the last seen location.
But the trail went cold until authorities found a large portion of the cash stowed away in a rented Charlotte storage unit.
Court records showed Hardin rented the unit. About $550,000 was seized during the investigation and Hardin was taken into custody when he arrived at the unit the following day.
All defendants except Donahue entered guilty pleas in the case.
Authorities said White, McIntyre and Hardin planned the robbery while in jail.
In a press release Friday, the Department of Justice said White told McIntyre and Hardin that Donahue knew which places and people to rob.
Court records show that Donahue was the “contact person,” used to case Scott Beaver’s residence. In a search warrant obtained by the Post, investigators said Donahue knew Beaver and his “habit of keeping money from his business at his home from his past employment contact.”
Beaver is the owner and operator of Beaver Honda Car and Salvage off Deal Road between Enochville and Mooresville.
According to the release, Cogburn emphasized the violent nature of the crimes when he announced the sentences.
Contact reporter Nathan Hardin at 704-797-4246.