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Sheriff: Men ran to church to escape gunman

Posted November 19, 2010

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— A Pinehurst man is accused of robbing and trying to kill two men who ran into a church for shelter.

Moore County Sheriff Lane Carter said that Kane Conrad Graves and Robert Luke Paschal went to see William Brothers Leander, 20, at his home at 4076 Airport Road on Nov. 8. Leander met them near his driveway, then pulled out a firearm from behind a pine tree. He ordered the men to lie on the ground, and they handed over $40 to him, the sheriff said.

Graves told investigators that Leander shot at his head, so he and Paschal got up and ran. Leander kept firing at the men, but they made it into a nearby church, where they called 911, the sheriff said. 

Leander was charged with attempted first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was given a $150,000 secured bond.

Leander was released in July after serving nearly 6 months for violating his probation for 2009 convictions for selling drugs, according to state Department of Correction records. While in prison, he earned four infractions, including three for fighting.

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  • pamelaworley1969 Nov 19, 2010

    geez was he a drug seller previously or a drug user? he looks like hades surely not no 20 yrs old, serious meth use there i guess.

  • 6079 SMITH W Nov 19, 2010

    OK, so, was the gunman a vampire or werewolf? What gives with running into the church? ;)

  • NotFromHere Nov 19, 2010

    Wow must have had a rough life. This Leander guy looks more like 40 than 20. Lets hope he's at least 60 before he ever gets out of jail again.

  • sammyg Nov 19, 2010

    The mug shots that have been appearing over the last couple weeks are showing some really cre-epy characters!

  • jbarron4950 Nov 19, 2010

    "I can't imagine why this guy would try and kill these guys for running into a church for shelter. Maybe WRAL just phrased it incorrectly. :)" -freddie cadetti 72

    Sheriff: Men ran to church to escape gunman

  • Jeremiah Nov 19, 2010

    "In my opinion....It's time to put this kind of criminal down for good. time to get tough on crime!"

    move to iran or afghanistan or somewhere like that. you'd like it.

  • Whosays Nov 19, 2010

    Yeah there is drugs all over this story. He probably was beaten as a child.

  • SmileAndNod Nov 19, 2010

    He probably came from a fatherless home and a welfare recipient mom.

  • vigilanty Nov 19, 2010

    "Fresh fish on the line! Ain't nothing better!!!" Damon (Double OG, Triple OG) Friday After Next.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Nov 19, 2010

    "I can't imagine why this guy would try and kill these guys for running into a church for shelter. Maybe WRAL just phrased it incorrectly. :)" -freddie cadetti 72

    Noooo...YOU just can't read. He didn't try and kill them for running into a church for shelter. READ THE ARTICLE.

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