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Man Pleads Guilty to Attacking Elderly Durham Women

Posted July 24, 2007 9:49 p.m. EDT
Updated July 24, 2007 10:04 p.m. EDT

— 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.