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Raleigh teen pleads guilty to 15 charges in two violent home invasions

Posted March 5, 2014

Shabar Master Marshall sits in a Wake County courtroom March 5, 2014, when he pleaded guilty to a Jan. 7, 2013, home invasion in which a woman was sexually assaulted and her husband paralyzed from a gunshot wound to the spine.

— 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.

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  • Mark Aman Mar 6, 2014

    A dog and a shotgun could have prevented all of this including their suffering and the suffering of the taxpayers who will have to house and feed them for the rest of their lives.

  • dwr1964 Mar 6, 2014

    Mama must be real proud.

  • Get your IDs Mar 6, 2014

    154 years but he'll serve 10 because they will need the bunk space for someone who caught a mandatory sentence for possession of a bag of weed

  • Richard Hertz Mar 6, 2014

    This person was just living out the gangster life style that he sees on TV and hears in that mess they call rap. The gangster life style is take what you want. This person should be made to wait on the victim hand and foot for the rest of the victims life and when the victim dies then go to prison for the rest of his life

  • Edward Levy Mar 6, 2014

    Oh, the poor children. Where did WE go wrong. WE must be at fault. if a teenager did these terrible things. Some SUPER liberals will scream racism at this youthful offender did not really know what to do with a gun or body part in the assault. Just children. HUMBUG!

  • trose4 Mar 6, 2014

    Hmm...154 years minimum. All we can hope is that he lives to be 154 years old!

  • Objective Scientist Mar 6, 2014

    Both of these individuals are/were "predators" in any sense of the word. Although we live in a time in which support programs of various sort provide subsistance for folks who are "down and out", these two "guys" wanted MORE! If they were hungry and had no food, there are many people, organizations, and our government... who would feed them. Likewise with shelter and other true "basics". But these guys were not satisfied with the "basics" - they wanted MORE... and they sought MORE from people who had likely earned what they had. Such predators deserve to never see the light of freedom again in their lifetime!

  • JEIAKC Mar 6, 2014

    Age 17 and your life is over. What a waste and a shame. Our justice system is getting right, but what a waste. What went wrong? That is what we need to figure out and stop. And please don't give me the Barbour rhetoric, I was the only white person in an all black school and I haven't been to jail.

  • AConservativePerson Mar 6, 2014

    And yet people want to change the age that criminals can be charged as adults? At this age, people know right from wrong and should have impulse control. He deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars with no tv, no nothing.

  • LetsBeFair Mar 5, 2014

    the crime, way over the top. what was going through their heads?