A Leland man was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to his role in a home invasion and shooting that severely injured a Wilmington college student in January 2013.
Kadeem Remal Thomas, 23, pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill or inflict serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of second-degree kidnapping in New Hanover Superior Court this week, according to a news release from District Attorney Ben David.
On Jan. 24, 3013, four men reportedly entered a home at 4318 Crimson Court with handguns. The men pistol-whipped a person inside the home and restrained all three victims to a bedroom while they ransacked the residence, David said.
One of the suspects shot a 19-year-old man in his head, David said. All four suspects ran from the home after the shooting, taking with them a small amount of cash and three cell phones.
“[The victim] suffered a traumatic brain injury and was not expected to survive,” David said. “After multiple surgeries and lengthy rehabilitation efforts, he has regained the ability to walk, but will forever suffer from other physical and mental limitations due to the nature of his injuries.”
Authorities believe that Thomas was one of two suspects that could have fired the shot, David said.
Thomas was arrested in May 2013, when he was originally charged with attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree burglary, three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of second-degree kidnapping.
His co-defendants in the case–23-year-old Antwan Nicholas David, 19-year-old Darius Molique Jones and 19-year-old Tajhil Niem Johnson-Webb–were arrested in April 2013 on the same charges.
Antwan David, Jones, and Johnson-Webb entered guilty pleas in September 2014, Ben David said.
Antwan David has an active sentence of more than six years in prison on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping, according to the N.C. Department of Corrections.
Jones is serving more than six years in prison on charges of two counts of second-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury. Johnson-Webb is serving a sentence of more than four years in prison on charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury.
“The suspects targeted the residence on Crimson Court because they believed that one of the victims was selling marijuana from that location,” David said. “This case underscores that dealing drugs is not only illegal but it brings violent criminals to your front doorstep. The vast majority of armed home invasions we have seen over the last several years have involved.”