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17-year-old set to plead guilty to violent Raleigh home invasion

Posted March 3, 2014

— One of two brothers charged in connection with a violent home invasion that left a Raleigh man paralyzed said Monday that he intends to plead guilty to numerous charges in the case, including, kidnapping, first-degree rape and attempted first-degree murder.

Shabar Master Marshall, 17, was arrested in the early hours of Jan. 7, 2013, after police say he and his older brother shot the man in the spine and sexually assaulted his wife when they awoke to the brothers standing over them at their home in Raleigh's historic Oakwood neighborhood.

The wife was eventually able to get away and ran to a neighbor's house for help.

During his arraignment Monday, Marshall also pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count each of first-degree burglary, first-degree sex offense, attempted first-degree sex offense and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

A plea hearing is scheduled for later this week, when a judge will hear facts of the case and decide whether to accept Marshall's expected plea.

The victims had no comment Monday, but defense attorney George Kelly said his client's decision to plead guilty was one he made on his own.

"A lot of what this is about is really accepting responsibility, feeling bad for what has happened here," Kelly said.

Marshall's 27-year-old brother, Jahaad Tariem Allah Marshall, meanwhile, pleaded not guilty to the same charges.

The pair is still scheduled to go to trial March 10 for the alleged crimes, as well as 24 other charges related to three home invasions that occurred Dec. 26, 2012, on Hatton Way and Toccopola Street, and Dec. 30, 2012, on Sherry Drive.

Investigators say those crimes also took place during the nighttime hours and that the brothers held the victims against their will and robbed them of personal property, including a gun that police linked to the Oakwood case.

Shabar Marshall – already serving eight to 12 years in prison after being convicted in November of similar charges – also plans to plead guilty in the Sherry Drive case to first-degree burglary and two counts each of first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

"It's a sad situation all the way around where people got hurt in this case, for Shabar, for his brother," Kelly said. "He is certainly not happy about the situation his brother is in. His brother is 10 years older than he is, and it may appear that his brother was the leader in this situation."


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  • 678devilish Mar 4, 2014

    Both brothers was involved. Just wondering what kind of parents did they have. The 17 year old should have been involved in school and not in crime. Was he influenced by his older brother? But he knew right from wrong. People are not safe any more in their own home. Anyone that breaks into the home without harming anyone, should get at least 35 years in prison. But like the counts they did receive, then justice should be served well by these two in prison.

  • 678devilish Mar 4, 2014

    This young man has ruin his life because of the bad choices he made. Now he will have a long while to think about his consequences.

  • writtendescription Mar 4, 2014

    The gulf between moral society and these men cannot be bridged and, sadly, they have likely been on this destructive path since early childhood.

  • 68_dodge_polara Mar 4, 2014

    "It's a sad situation all the way around"

    Sure... I'm quite certain one side only feels sad because they got caught.

  • htomc42 Mar 4, 2014

    We don't need electric chairs, we need electric bleachers

  • Richard Hertz Mar 4, 2014
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    Another classic example of todays youth.
    No regard for anyone but themselves. With the victim being paralyzed this young man should get no less than life in prison without parole.

  • Brenda Lawrence Mar 3, 2014
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    Psychologists will tell you the prisons are filled with people who were abused and neglected as children. One can't help but wonder what happened to these two to make them so vicious. The solution is intervention at an early age to remove children from these types of situations. And it would be less costly in the long run on the tax payer, the child, and future victims.

  • IceCreamMan Mar 3, 2014

    Death penalty makes a lot of sense for a rape and attempted murder combo. A whole lot of sense.

  • Robin Dean Mar 3, 2014
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    Yep, this fellow is just a total waste of DNA. Obviously he is a product of a totally dysfunctional family - perhaps a single mom and no dad anywhere to be found. No guidance and at a mere 17 he is a worthless piece of doggie doo. Well the only solution here is life without parole, multiple times. He caused a man's paralysis, he raped that man's wife, that family will never return to normal life. This fellow should be at very hard labor from 4 am to 11 pm 7 days a week with no contact with any other people other than the guards that hold the guns to his head as he works, shackled, and who serve him a minimal diet to allow him just to barely live like the true animal he is. He should not have any visitors nor receive any mail and surely no access to the TV, news, radio or any computer for the rest of his life. Maybe some sunshine through the bars.....he should be executed but he did not kill anyone that we know of, so that is off the table. And his family should have to pay for it, not

  • Kylie Marie Summerling Mar 3, 2014
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    Animals. At what point do we start putting parents in prison for raising monsters? 17 and he is out raping and robbing? Where is it's mother?