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Sheriff: Men ran to church to escape gunman

Posted November 19, 2010 1:13 p.m. EST

— 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.