Durham man sentenced to 9 years in prison for Walmart purse theft
Posted April 15, 2013
A Durham man charged with snatching the purse of a 76-year-old woman who fell asleep inside a Roxboro Walmart was sentenced to 9 to 11 years in prison Monday.
Kenneth Lamont Vaughn pleaded guilty to a felony larceny charge in connection with the Aug. 6 crime, in which surveillance video captured him in the act.
Vaughn is already serving time in prison on a breaking and entering charge, and his sentence will begin at the end of that one.
The state was also able to prosecute him as a habitual felon, which increased his punishment.
The woman, Queen Walters, had been using a scooter to shop at the store when she become groggy from some medication.
The store surveillance video showed Walters leaning back and asleep on the scooter when a man approached her, looked around and then took her purse.
Employees found Walters sometime later in the back of the store.