Leland woman pleads guilty to shooting, multiple home break-ins

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Kimberly Marie Mayhew
Kimberly Marie Mayhew

A Leland woman was sentenced to more than four years in prison after she pleaded guilty to a shooting in November 2014 and multiple breaking and entering charges.

Kimberly Marie Mayhew, 28, pleaded guilty Monday in New Hanover County Superior Court to charges of shooting into an occupied dwelling, 41 counts of larceny, and 44 counts breaking and entering. Judge John Nobles sentenced Mayhew to 51-74 months in prison, followed by three consecutive 8-19 month sentences, which were suspended. The judge ordered her to serve 36 months of supervised probation.

Mayhew was charged with shooting into a Lord Tennyson Road home in the Kings Grant area of New Hanover County on Nov. 12, 2014, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer, who spoke about the case in 2014.

“Witnesses stated that 12 to 15 rounds were fired from a SUV-type vehicle believed to be a GMC Jimmy with green neon lights under the rails,” Brewer said about the November shooting. “Nine-millimeter shell casings were located at the scene by CSI. It appeared several rounds shattered the back window of a vehicle that was in the driveway, one round penetrated the garage door and broke a window inside the garage, and one round went through the living room wall.”

According to Assistant District Attorney Christa Lawler, a woman and her son were inside the home at the time of the shooting. The two ran into the hallway of the home, laid down on the floor and called 911.

Mayhew was originally arrested in Brunswick County on Nov. 18, 2014, but faced several charges related to the shooting and home break-in cases in New Hanover County. The breaking and entering cases were reported between April and November 2014, according to District Attorney Ben David.

James Edison Smallwood
James Edison Smallwood

After being arrested in Brunswick County, Mayhew voluntarily rode around with detectives from both the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department, identifying homes that she and her co-defendants broke into, David said. Mayhew also confessed to being involved in the shooting at the Kings Grant home.

Her co-defendants in the breaking and entering cases include 35-year-old James Edison Smallwood, 27-year-old Eric James Howard, and 35-year-old Joseph Paul Howard. Each have pending larceny and breaking and entering charges in New Hanover County Superior Court. Eric Howard was booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $49,000 secured bond.

Joseph Howard faces additional charges, including those related to a bank robbery at Bank of America at 1929 Carolina Beach Road and an attempted robbery at First Citizens Bank at 2200 S. 17th St., both of which occurred on June 23. He was booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $552,000 secured bond.

Smallwood also faces charges in connection with the November 2014 shooting as well as several breaking and entering and larceny charges in Brunswick County. He is booked at the Brunswick County jail under $390,000 secured bond.

Smallwood and Eric Howard are scheduled for trial in New Hanover County Superior Court on Feb. 15, 2016, according to David. A trial date for Joseph Howard has not been set.

Joseph Paul Howard
Joseph Paul Howard
Eric James Howard
Eric James Howard