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Man Pleads Guilty to Attacking Elderly Durham Women

Posted July 24, 2007

— Maurice Caston admitted in court Tuesday that he robbed and attacked two elderly women in their Durham homes in 2006.

Caston plead guilty to numerous charges stemming from those attacks, including assault and breaking and entering.

Caston was ordered to repay his victims and was sentenced to 61-74 months of prison time, followed by five years of probation. With credit for time served, he will likely be out of prison in a year.

On Aug. 11, 2006, Caston broke into a home in Durham's Northgate Park neighborhood and surprised Marie Miller, 89, when she returned from the beauty parlor, authorities said.

Miller said Caston knocked her down and tried to choke her, but she fought back until he ran away. Caston stole Miller's car and cell phone, said police.

Caston also admitted attacking and robbing another elderly woman in the same neighborhood during the same week.


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  • Gandalf Jul 25, 2007

    Perhaps the next home he breaks into will enlighten him to the effects of being on the receiving end of an introduction from Mr. Smith & Wesson. A Sigma 9 would I am sure make a memorable introduction to him or any of his thugs buddies. If more of theses animals were shot on sight and society was rid of them, then we would not have to worry about judges handing out ridiculous sentences.

  • ptahandatum Jul 25, 2007

    Yep. Zeus and Athena will take care of this character too. Nothing like having the gods on your side, is there?

  • momof3anddog Jul 25, 2007

    ...and why wasn't he charged with attempted murder?!?!?

  • momof3anddog Jul 25, 2007

    what was this 89 year old woman doing with a car?!?!?

  • 68_polara Jul 25, 2007

    "What the Heck was this Judge thinking.He could be out in a year!!! to:garnertoy,this punk wasn't could care less if it was his mother,that's why he prayed on our elderly citizens."

    This happens all the time in Durham. Violent felons don't spend much time in prison for offenses that take place in Durham county. I'm so sick of it. I sat on a jury in Orlando Hudson's court room for a week. This guy was so guilty of violently assaulting two convenience store employees (beat the out tar of them) and the Judge forced the the prosecution in to accepting a plea-bargain. It was a bargain all right, for the violent repeat offender, he was out in a year and has probably killed someone by now. When the Judge handed down the sentence I sat there and wondered why did they bother even make us sit in the court room for a week. It was a waste of time and a waste of resources for the city to have even arrested and prosecute the thug. And people wonder why crime is so bad in Durham.

  • TruthBKnown Jul 25, 2007

    If he did this to MY grandmother (who is 90 years old), he wouldn't make it to jail.

  • TruthBKnown Jul 25, 2007

    Why didn't they pursue attempted murder charges? If you knock an 89 year old woman to the ground and then try to choke her, there are MANY ways that could cause her death (falling, heart attack, or well, choking).

    Maybe when he gets out, there will be some vigilante justice waiting for him since the court system has seen fit to allow him to avoid real justice.

  • Meandmytwo Jul 25, 2007

    This low life coward should do more time being that those ladies were elderly. A new law needs to be in effect giving the offender more time when it involves the elderly and children. Thank God he is behind bars.

  • peace_of_mind Jul 25, 2007

    This coward looks like a real winner. The fact that he plead guilty and only gets a year for prison for it is ridiculous. These ladies could have suffered serious injury when being nocked down. My prayers for ther recovery both mentally and physically.

  • uncwgirl02 Jul 25, 2007

    Attacking the elderly...how cowardly.