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Intruder gets 7-14 years in Pineford invasion

Posted 12/3/13

 

Dauphin County Judge Richard Lewis has sentenced convicted robber Davon Hairston to 7 to 14 years in state prison for his role in robbing two Penn State Harrisburg students at gunpoint in their Village of Pineford apartment in Middletown …

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Intruder gets 7-14 years in Pineford invasion

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Dauphin County Judge Richard Lewis has sentenced convicted robber Davon Hairston to 7 to 14 years in state prison for his role in robbing two Penn State Harrisburg students at gunpoint in their Village of Pineford apartment in Middletown during a 2011 home invasion.


Hairston acted as the “lead guy” during the incident, and he was the only one to challenge the charges against him, according to David Wilson, Dauphin County deputy district attorney.


Penn State Harrisburg students Ryan Hartnett and David Evans answered their door at 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2011 to find four men – one with a gun – who asked them to back into their apartment and get on the floor, according to reports.


Hairston struck Hartnett and Evans with the butt of the pistol while his accomplices stole marijuana, cell phones, watches, a wallet and others items, according to testimony at the trial.


A jury convicted Hairston in September of charges that include robbery inflicting serious bodily injury, burglary and aggravated assault.  Defense attorney Jonathan Crisp said Hairston will be appealing the verdict for issues related to the fact that Crisp did not learn the full extent of Hairston’s mental health issues until the week of the trial.


Lewis said the minimum sentence of 7 years was in the midrange of the sentencing guidelines, which were higher because the crime involved both serious bodily injury and the use of a gun.


The other three defendants – Nate Eato, a juvenile and Joe Hairston, Davon Hairston’s cousin – pleaded guilty to their involvement in the case. The juvenile served a sentence in a juvenile dentition center, Eaton was sentenced to probation and Joe Hairston was awaiting sentencing on Tuesday, Nov. 26.{jcomments on}


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