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Lowe's son sentenced to 15 months in prison

Posted July 15, 2008

— The son of North Carolina State University basketball coach Sidney Lowe will spend more than a year at the Guilford County Prison Farm for a home invasion and shooting last year.

Sidney Lowe II, 23, was sentenced Tuesday 15 months in prison, followed by six months of intensive supervised probation.

In a plea deal, Lowe pleaded guilty Monday to six counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping, along with possession of a weapon on educational property, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of ecstasy. Police had accused Lowe II and another man of going to a house and striking one of its occupants on the head with a bottle.

He also entered an Alford plea Monday to conspiracy to commit armed robbery, stemming from a shooting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Under an Alford plea, an individual does not admit guilt, but acknowledges the state has enough evidence to convict him or her.

The campus shooting happened in a dorm room and injured freshman Stephen Cobb, who suffered gunshot wounds that were not life-threatening, authorities have said.

Lowe's father, N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe, was emotional during his son's sentencing hearing Tuesday and said he was proud of him for taking responsibility for his crimes.

WXII-TV reported that Lowe held back tears as he testified about his son.

"I'm proud of the way he has come out of this - getting back to being the person that he is," the elder Lowe said. "Obviously I love my son, and I'm sorry to the victims – that you had to go through what you went through."

Brian Martin, 20, was accused of shooting Cobb over a marijuana deal while Lowe stayed in the car, said Assistant District Attorney Stephen Cole. Martin pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges related to the two incidents.

Lowe and Martin were trying to steal money and marijuana from Cobb, according to arrest warrants. Police said Cobb was later charged with several drug-related offenses.

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  • lscottb Jul 17, 2008

    I say to all of you who are so quick to judge this man,call him names behind your keyboards "Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone."

    Until then, look in the mirror, think of all the things in life you too have done that is not PERFECT,REGARDLESS of what it is, reflect on that and become a better person. No man has the right to trash someone else, especially if you have never walked in their shoes or lived their life. Either way, most of you need to get a life!

  • PJM Jul 16, 2008

    LET THIS BE A LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR LOWE'S SON and a lesson that will help him in the future.

  • PJM Jul 16, 2008

    when someone wants to say something positive these WRAL moderators stop the comment...I have something to say thank you! regardless if its a similar post...its MY OPINION

  • PJM Jul 16, 2008

    Mr Sidney Lowe is a coach...not a life coach...Leave that up to the parents...Let them take the RESPONSIBILITY to raise their children ...AND EVEN if they were raise as perfect children....you know when you mother told you not to touch the stove cause it was hot & it would burn YOU stuck you hand right out there & touched it. Always someone to blame but not taking the blame for ones decisions is a crock....further more they only give "drunk drivers" a slap on the wrist & sent home to get drunk again & drive and kill someone on the road....its then when they(justice system) then decides they need jail time.
    LET THIS BE A LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR LOWE'S SON and a lesson that will help him in the future.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 16, 2008

    dude, did you read the article? it's 15 months, not years. and yes, the son is a reflection of the father, and the father works at ncsu supposedly shaping young men. young men like his son. maybe we should get ready for the crime wave that'll keep coming as long as he's there.

    First of all I am not your dude, sugar. I am Dr. dataclerk. Remember that! I did make a mistake,OK. It is 15 months. Of course you have never made a mistake. Just like shooting off at the mouth. Close it for a change. No, belive Coach will be a great coach to the young men that will be under his charge and not go out and committ a crime. How many crimes have you done, honey that you don't wish for us to know? I would bet several. Sooner or later you are going to be caught. Stop while you are ahead of yourself. The son Lowe is not a reflection of his father. If he was, he would have listened and not be in the predicament that he found himself in.
    monkeyboy

  • PJM Jul 16, 2008

    Its sad the way people have passed judgement on the Lowes..
    EVERYONE, EVEN THE PERSON YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR CAN MAKE ONE "BAD"DECISION THAT COULD LEAD THEM INTO A WORLD OF MESS OR WORSE JAIL/PRISION.

  • monkeyboy Jul 16, 2008

    " Give the young man a chance; the judge did. Plus he is going to have to do 15 years. "

    dude, did you read the article? it's 15 months, not years. and yes, the son is a reflection of the father, and the father works at ncsu supposedly shaping young men. young men like his son. maybe we should get ready for the crime wave that'll keep coming as long as he's there.

  • Candlelove Jul 16, 2008

    Iron fist, I don't blame any parent for a decision that their child has made. I don't know where you got that indication from. Some kids can grow up with the best direction and home life and still choose to take the wrong path in life, but that's not the parents fault. I was saying that Sid (the dad) may be proud of the direction his child is trying to take in life and after this situation he may stay on the right track. A lot of kids would stay on the right track if they receive support from their parents and not such criticism from strangers...

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 16, 2008

    if only ginyard would've gotten the same lawyer his case would've been dropped alltogether.
    dukeblue

    I truely doubt it. He deserved all that he got.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 16, 2008

    I wonder how majority of you would be if the shoes were on your feet and this was your child and don't dare say what your child won't do.

    Their children are actually doing unbecoming things right now that could very well lead to being criminal. When it comes their way, trust me, they will be speechless and hurt. If you are not looking at your child in the face, then you parents really do not know what your child is up to. Be a parent and do everything possible to keep your child out of jail/prison. It will be worth it in the long run. Let them get mad/angry. YOU ARE THE PARENT.

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