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Henderson man gets life sentence for home invasion

Posted August 17, 2011

— A federal judge sentenced a Henderson man Tuesday to life in prison for his role in a 2008 home invasion and shooting, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker.

After a three-day trial, jurors convicted Reginald Love Brown, 36, of conspiring to interfere with interstate commerce by robbery, committing a robbery which interfered with interstate commerce and using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.

District Judge James Dever added 40 years to be served after Brown's life sentence.

Prosecutors said that Brown and Ernest Augustus "Gus" Hawkins, 33, both gang members, planned the May 20, 2008, robbery of an Alexander Avenue home whose residents were known to sell crack cocaine.

Brown tied up six people with duct tape and shot Preston Williams in the chest, prosecutors said, while Hawkins and three other people searched the house for cocaine and money.

Hawkins was sentenced in June to 20 years in federal prison for his role in the robbery.

Three other suspects – Fredrick Lamarca Hunt, Orlando Harris, both of Oxford, and James Alvin Fisher, of Henderson – have pleaded guilty in connection with the robbery, according to court documents.

Hunt is serving a 2½-year sentence for second-degree burglary, common-law robbery and possession with intent to sell, according to state Department of Correction records. He is scheduled to be released in late September.

DOC records show that Love has previous state convictions for assault inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon, while Hawkins has served time for convictions including assault with a deadly weapon, inciting a riot and breaking and entering. Hunt has three previous convictions for passing worthless checks.


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  • cutemommish1am Aug 18, 2011

    An eye for an eye, just do the same to them that they have done , the stuff will stop in the USA really quick !

  • crustyhalo Aug 17, 2011

    If you ar a convicted Felon and are caught with a gun..off to Federal Prison you go.There are numerous factors that contribute to how much time you receive. If you are a career criminal and have a violent past history....time adds up, you are almost assured in the Federal System that the time will be lenghty, not so much in the State System because it is simply broken....I am sure this sounds outlandish,but this is how it works.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Aug 17, 2011

    This guy gets a life sentence but a confessed murderer gets off because a family member cremates the evidence.

  • BubbaDuke Aug 17, 2011

    The I-85 corridor between New Jersey and Atlanta has numerous known drug outlets. It is interstate commerce - of an illegal kind.

    I agree with ihatexray - if all you can do with your life is be a blight on society, you don't have enough purpose to keep breathing someone else's air.

  • Ihatexray Aug 17, 2011

    "If the crime was committed entirely within the boundaries of the state of North Carolina, why was this crime tried in a Federal court? The county should have prosecuted him and sought the death penalty. uncrulez August 17, 2011 12:27 p.m."

    Nobody gets the death penalty in NC, NOBODY!! And that's the jurors fault, not the court system. People need to step up and be willing to hand down death sentences, it will save us from these guys being back out on the streets, it will save the tax money they live off of in prison, and it might actually send a message to some of those other crazies out there who don't value life.

  • Ihatexray Aug 17, 2011

    Those fools deserve life sentences just for being 33 and 36 yr old gang members. As a matter of fact, if you're in your 30's and still in a gang, you should get death, cuz you have no life anyway.

  • stateman Aug 17, 2011

    The sale of crack is considered interstate commerce? I dont disagree with the sentence, but I don't understand the charges

  • jaydosse Aug 17, 2011

    "Henderson man gets life sentence for home invasion"


    At last some good news from the justice system in NC. Hope he rots in prison.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Aug 17, 2011

    Was there a murder charge? If not, I think a life sentence plus 40 years is pretty substantial.

  • wayneboyd Aug 17, 2011

    Kingfish you are so right, if it can be scraped off the bottom of the barrel we have it here in Henderson, Vance County.