A Lowcountry man was sentenced with four others in North Carolina federal court for his involvement in plotting an armed home invasion in 2011.
On Thursday, Osman White, 42, of Summerville, was sentenced to 11 years and eight months in prison. Four North Carolina men — Roderick Hardin, Timothy Donahue, Leo McIntyre Jr. and Otis Sutton — also were sentenced to prison time.
White and co-defendants Hardin and McIntyre planned the robbery while behind bars in Mecklenburg County, according to federal prosecutors. White came up with the plan to rob a man who was believed to have a million dollars in his house, according to the complaint.
Co-defendants Hardin and Donahue did reconnaissance on the house they were going to rob, the document stated.
On July 21, 2011, a family of six people, including the targeted man of the planned robbery, were sitting outside their Mooresville home, which is also a car dealership and salvage yard. Co-defendants Hardin and Sutton, armed with guns, pulled into the home’s driveway and demanded money and ordered the entire family, including three young children, inside the home, according to court records.
Hardin threatened to shoot the children if their demands for cash weren’t met, the release stated. The two co-defendants took $1.5 million from a safe, according to prosecutors.
Following the robbery, Hardin rented a storage unit in Charlotte, where he kept some of the stolen money, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of North Carolina. Eight days after the robbery, authorities seized about $550,000 from the storage unit and arrested Hardin the next day when he arrived at the unit, the release said.
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