Home invasion accomplices get 70 years in prison
Published 1:24 pm Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The two accomplices in a violent home invasion in Troy last March were sentenced to 70 years in prison on Wednesday.
Parish Bean and Deanna McLeod were both convicted of the same crimes – one count of first-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree robbery. They were each sentenced to 35 years for the burglary and 35 years for each count of robbery.
The robbery sentences will run concurrently, but consecutively with the burglary sentence.
“We were very satisfied as far as the sentencing, as were both of the victims,” said District Attorney Tom Anderson. “That was right in the neighborhood of what we were requesting. It’s a victory for them and it’s a victory for the people of Pike County.”
McLeod and Bean were found guilty by a jury on March 14, 2013 to have aided and abetted Thomas White during a home invasion on March 5, 2012 by driving him to a neighborhood when they knew he had a gun and planned to rob someone.
Testimony from police and statements given to law enforcement officers by Bean and McLeod showed that the two waited for about two hours, even after they heard sirens, to retrieve White from the crime scene.
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During the home invasion, White kicked in the front door of a sleeping couple’s home shortly after 1 a.m. and terrorized them at gunpoint while the couple gathered cash, debit cards, car keys and even their wedding rings in an attempt to appease the intruder.
At one point, White struck the male victim in the head with the back of a sawed-off shotgun. As he became increasingly violent, the couple made a decision to fight for their lives. They received extensive stab wounds and cuts during the struggle, as did White.
The couple had to undergo surgeries for their injuries and Thomas White later died while at the Troy Regional Medical Center.
“I can’t think of a more horrific scenario to find yourself in that the one the victims went through,” Anderson said. “For the first time since this happened, they are going to be able to try and put this in the back of their minds and focus on their family and focus on their careers.”
Anderson said the sentences were a firm reminder that violent acts will be dealt with firmly by law enforcement agencies and the court.