Gunman gets lighter sentence in home invasion

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By Lou Elliott Jones



The last man to be sentenced in the armed home invasion of a residence outside Williston in February was given a total of 10 years time as arranged with the state attorney’s office.

Hillary Henderson, 20, of Chiefland, who pleaded to a charge of armed home invasion and being a convicted felon in possession of a gun, was given seven years in prison on the first charge to be served after serving a minimum 3 years on the gun charge.

It was Henderson, according to the 81-year-old resident’s caretaker, who pointed a gun in her face that night and threatened her while demanding information on the location of a safe, money and drugs.

Henderson broke into the home with the caretaker’s son, Craig Pitts, 20, of Morriston, and another friend, Stefan Lernard Lattimore, 26, of Gainesville. The two were sentenced in June to 10 years in prison followed by five years probation by 8th Judicial Circuit Judge David A. Glant. 

The maximum sentence for the armed robbery home invasion charge is 30 years and a $10,000 fine.

Henderson’s sentencing was delayed until July 6 due to a glitch in the plea deal. His plea deal called for him to serve a total of 10 years on the two charges. But state law mentions serving other sentences consecutive to sentences for gun charges, instead of concurrently.

Because Henderson could face serving longer than 10 years the sentencing was put off to work out the problem.

During Pitts’ sentencing Glant noted he had two previous arrests on burglary charges. Lattimore had previous convictions for aggravated battery, and cocaine possession and sale.