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Man gets life sentence in case of $100,000 stolen from safe in Lula home
Christopher Blaine Ward

A Greenville, North Carolina, man was sentenced to life plus 10 years in prison for taking $100,000 from a safe in a Lula home and pointing guns at those inside the home, according to court documents.

Christopher Blaine Ward, 32, was convicted on charges of home invasion, armed robbery, kidnapping with bodily injury, kidnapping, four counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Attorney Leslie Aiken did not return a request for comment.

The jury returned the guilty verdict on Ward Thursday, Jan. 16, after less than three hours of deliberation.

The case concerned $100,000 being stolen from a safe Jan. 22, 2018, at a Chattahoochee Street home in Lula.

“A large amount of cash was taken but never recovered,” Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh wrote in an email.

The three victims inside the house told authorities two suspects, James Henry Kelley, of Virginia, and Ward, pointed guns at them while inside the house, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Kelley is on the run, and the two other co-defendants, Amanda Ashley Tyson and James Glenn Tyson, both of Lula, are still pending trial, Darragh said.

The Tysons were accused by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office of conspiring and plotting with Ward and Kelley.

The total sentence imposed by Superior Court Judge Jason Deal was life plus 25 years. After life plus 10 years behind bars, the rest may be served on probation.

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