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Durham man sentenced to 9 years in prison for Walmart purse theft

Posted April 15, 2013

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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.

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  • Good Bye WRAL Apr 16, 2013

    "There have been serious violent criminals (murderers & rapists) that have gotten less time." - previous post

    Instead of decrying this 'harsh' sentence, perhaps we should be demanding more appropriate harsher sentences for more violent criminals?!

  • Dale Apr 16, 2013

    I don't care what some of you are saying that is over kill. The system is so flawed. You can get behind the wheel of your car and kill someone and serve less time than this. What are you people thinking, saying he deserves the time. Tell that to all the people that have loss someone due to drinking and driving and the person that killed them only got a year or 4 years. I personally know someone in this situation. Not only did the guy get two years, this was also the third time he had done this. Unfortunately this time he killed my neighbors son.

  • yellowhorses Apr 16, 2013

    What about "habitual felon" don't you understand? Or the fact he is already in prison for breaking and entering?

  • bizarro Apr 16, 2013

    NiceNSmooth - read the article...especially the part about being a repeat criminal.

  • NiceNSmooth Apr 16, 2013

    Wow, now that is overkill. Funny how a white kid can go into a Wal Mart with a Desert Eagle and shoot up electronics and only get a misdemeanor and no time. If it was a violent crime I would agree but wow....... doggypoos

    lol... to add to it .. did the young man that set fire to the tunnel under a Cary street get any jail time? or did his parents even pay the 1/2 a million to fix it?

  • Recalcitrant Apr 16, 2013

    I know one thing, he will be serving more time than the girl who drove drunk down the wrong side of the beltline and killed a man. She will be out and moving on with her life while this dude is still locked down weaving baskets. Draw your own conclusions.

  • Terkel Apr 16, 2013

    "It's obvious he/she needs some help if they are committing the same crimes over and over again."

    It's obvious to me he needs severe punishment. Not "some help".

  • GravyPig Apr 16, 2013

    "The title is missleading." - WakeForestLiving

    The title is just that, a title. The real meat and bones of any story is in the actual article. Were you still confused after reading the article?

  • delilahk2000 Apr 16, 2013

    YOU PEOPLE THATS AY IT IS TO HARSH, LET IT HAPPEN TO YOU AND SEE HOW YOU WOULD FEEL.....I SAY HE DESERVES IT.

  • delilahk2000 Apr 16, 2013

    SORRY FOR THE FAT FINGER TYPING.....

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