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Victim of home invasion says ‘justice was served’ with sentences

POSTED: March 3, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Andreaz Wright, 21, got 18 years in prison.

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A victim of a harrowing home invasion robbery on Price Road last July said she was relieved that three defendants were sentenced to lengthy prison terms this week in Hall County Superior Court.

"I had waited for that day," said the woman, who is not being named by The Times because she was the victim of a sexual battery. "I felt relieved that it was over and I didn’t have to worry about it anymore. Something like that, you want to see justice served, and I think justice was served."

Chuma Harris, 20, was sentenced to 16 years in prison, Andreaz Wright, 21, got 18 years in prison and Stacy Carder, 20, received a sentence of eight years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday before Judge Jason Deal in a negotiated plea.

Wright, the alleged ringleader, pleaded guilty to armed robbery, burglary, kidnapping and aggravated assault.

Harris pleaded guilty to the same charges, as well as misdemeanor sexual battery for groping the victim during the robbery.

Carder, who had lived in the neighborhood and allegedly pointed the robbers to the house, pleaded guilty to robbery and burglary.

According to the victim’s account, the robbers entered her home late at night through an unlocked back door, woke her up and demanded to know where a safe was.

She was dragged down a hallway by her hair by a masked man who screamed threatening profanities at her and thrust a gun into the back of her head, she said.

A man who was sleeping in the living room was pistol-whipped by Wright, she said.

The robbers fled without finding a safe, taking $100.

They were arrested July 26. Wright had been out on $25,000 bond on a pending armed robbery charge at the time of his arrest.

He previously had been accused of robbing a man of his cell phone at gunpoint on Jesse Jewell Parkway.

The victim said she has undergone counseling and had recurring nightmares since the robbery.

"It changed my life," she said. "You relive the moment over and over. Your home is supposed to be the safest place."

She said Harris offered words of apology during the court hearing.

"He said he was sorry for any harm that he caused us, and that he hoped we could find it in our hearts to forgive him," the victim said. "He seemed sincere."

The woman praised the office of the Hall County District Attorney and investigators with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office for their work on the case.

"They took them right off the street and put them where they needed to be, and Hall County will be a safer place with them gone," she said.



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