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Durham men facing up to 40 years in jail for Morrisville home invasion

Posted April 6

James Stephen Thorpe, 25, was sentenced to 480 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release. Joshua Rayshawn Melvin, 23, was sentenced to 444 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

— Two Durham men were sentenced Wednesday in connection with a 2015 home invasion and shooting in Morrisville.

James Stephen Thorpe, 25, was sentenced to 480 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release. Joshua Rayshawn Melvin, 23, was sentenced to 444 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

Thorpe and Melvin were indicted by a grand jury last month on charges of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, interfering with commerce with robbery and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Jahid Preston Diggs and Ervin Montez Alston Jr. were previously sentenced to 180 and 192 months in jail, respectively, in connection with the crime.

Authorities said the four men entered a Morrisville home with multiple people inside just after 9 p.m. on March 16, 2015.

During the robbery, a child was pulled from her mother’s arms, forced into a bedroom and threatened to be drowned as the men demanded money from the adults inside the home. When a woman in the home attempted to intervene, she was beaten and forced to the ground, authorities said.

The intended target of the robbery, a promoter for a local nightclub, attempted to flee by jumping from a second-floor balcony but was shot before landing on the ground.

The four men led police on a car chase and were later apprehended.

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office worked with the Morrisville Police Department and the FBI on the case.

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  • Steve Morgan Apr 8, 8:19 p.m.
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    I really don't know why that guy on the left could not of kept his mouth shut. I do not need to see his butter stained teeth. I hope he has the same smile when they hand down the sentence of 40 years and no parole I hope!!

  • John Malcholm Apr 7, 6:51 p.m.
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    Buh-Bye, see you in 2060.