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Teen gets 2 years in home invasion
Woman shot intruder; codefendant failed to appear




A teenager who was shot by a woman after he broke into her home will spend roughly two years in prison and will be electronically monitored upon his release.

Christopher Devonte Joseph of 522 Western Ave., Rocky Mount, pleaded guilty this week in Wilson County Superior Court to felony breaking and entering and two counts of felony possession of stolen goods.

Authorities said Joseph broke into a home north of Elm City on March 22, 2013. Chris Griffin, whose wife was home alone at the time of the break-in, heard a knock at the door shortly after 10:30 a.m. that day. She looked outside and didn’t see anyone, but noticed a car in the driveway. Moments later, she heard a knock at the door. Griffin told The Wilson Times last year his wife looked out the window and saw two young men walking around the side door of their home. When she heard the teens trying to kick the door down, Griffin said his wife ran into the bedroom closet with her pistol and was on the phone with 911 telling them that someone was breaking into her house.

Joseph, 19, along with Michael Daquarius Bynum of 1618 Branch St., Rocky Mount, searched the home for valuables and ransacked the bedroom and drawers. Griffin’s wife shot Joseph as he burst through the closet door and discovered her, according to accounts. Wilson County sheriff’s deputies found Joseph about 300 feet from the home and caught Bynum, who was 16-years-old at the time, on a nearby road. Deputies also found electronics and household items in the teens’ car.

Griffin’s wife did not face charges in the shooting. North Carolina law allows residents to use deadly force to defend themselves or others when they believe they’re in danger of death or serious injury.

Superior Court Judge Walter H. Godwin Jr. sentenced Joseph to six to 17 months for each charge, one of which was suspended. The 19-year-old will spend roughly one to two and a half years active time for the other two charges.

Once Joseph serves his time in prison, he will be placed on house arrest via electronic device for nine months and will serve three years of probation. Upon his release from prison, Godwin ordered that Joseph report to a probation officer within 24 hours. If he fails to do so, an order for his arrest will be issued and he will be placed under a $250,000 cash bond. The judge also ordered that Joseph not have any contact with the victim in the case.

Bynum has an outstanding warrant for his arrest after he failed to appear for his court date in March, according to officials. His charges in the breaking and entering case are still pending, prosecutors said.

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Thats all??? said...

Not much of a punishment.. wish she had aimed a little higher

Saturday, June 07, 2014 at 10:48 AM
@MT said...

She didn't do all the right things. When she heard the door getting kicked in, she should've been going to the door and SHOT and KILLED both of them. Now the state has to feed and house the ingrates.

Saturday, June 07, 2014 at 10:35 AM
MT said...

I'm glad Mrs. Griffin is okay. She did all the right things.

Saturday, June 07, 2014 at 7:21 AM
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