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Lowe's son sentenced to 15 months in prison

Posted July 15, 2008 1:23 p.m. EDT
Updated July 15, 2008 4:57 p.m. EDT

— 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.