Raleigh teen pleads guilty to 15 charges in two violent home invasions
Posted March 5, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — A Wake County judge accepted the guilty plea Wednesday of a teenager facing more than a dozen charges in two violent Raleigh home invasions in December 2012 and January 2013, including one in which a woman was sexually assaulted and her husband shot in the spine.
Superior Court Judge Henry Hight, however, delayed sentencing for Shabar Master Marshall, 17, who is set to go to trial Monday in two other similar cases.
Marshall faces a minimum 154-year prison sentence for the charges he pleaded guilty to Wednesday: four counts each of first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of first-degree burglary, and one count each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, first-degree sex offense, attempted first-degree murder, attempted first-degree rape and attempted first-degree sex offense.
"He's at peace with – he feels bad about what happened," defense attorney George Kelly said Wednesday. "He's the one that's wrong, and he's talked over and over and over again about the victims in this case and how bad he feels about everything that's happened."
Wake County Assistant District Attorney Boz Zellinger told Hight that a couple awoke in the early hours of Jan. 7, 2013, to Marshall and his older brother in their home in Raleigh's Oakwood neighborhood.
The brothers stunned them before Marshall forced the woman at gunpoint to perform a sex act, Zellinger said.
"She was concerned she was about to be raped," he said. "At that point, she heard her husband scream, 'Where is my wife? Is my wife OK?'"
The wife was able to escape to a nearby home for help, while her husband fought with the two brothers.
"Right as she got to the front step of her neighbor's, she heard a gunshot," Zellinger said.
A bullet missed the husband's heart by nearly an inch, hitting him in the spine and leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
Raleigh police arrested the brothers a short time later and recovered a gun that Zellinger said was stolen from a Dec. 30, 2012, home invasion. Marshall also pleaded guilty to that crime Wednesday.
In that case, a husband and wife were left handcuffed to their bed when the brothers fled with the gun and other property from the home on Sherry Drive.
Marshall's 27-year-old brother, Jahaad Tariem Allah Marshall, was also arrested on the same charges in the four home invasions. He has pleaded not guilty to 23 charges and will be tried along with his brother Monday.
Shabar Marshall is already serving eight to 12 years in prison after being convicted in November of similar charges in a Dec. 11, 2012, home invasion.