Trio sentenced for Burton home invasion
BEAUFORT – A 40-year-old Seabrook man was sentenced to 23 years in prison on Wednesday, February 27 for his role in a violent June 2011 home invasion that resulted in a 70-year-old Burton man being severely beaten.
At the conclusion of a two-day trial, jurors convicted Donald Peters of first-degree burglary, armed robbery and assault and battery.
On June 29, 2011, neighbors heard dogs barking and found a 70-year-old man who was bloody and dazed staggering through the yard. Earlier in the evening, the man had invited two prostitutes into his house, one of whom unlocked the door. After they left, two men broke into the home and beat the man in the head with a police baton before stealing approximately $3,000.
Detectives tracked down the women and uncovered a plot between 24-year-old Lauren Baughman and her two friends, 29-year-old Kurtis Edwards, and Peters, to rob the man after he fell asleep. During the robbery, Peters beat the victim, while Edwards restrained his dog.
“They were looking for an easy mark,” said assistant solicitor Meredith Bannon of the Career Criminal Prosecution Unit. “They picked a victim who they thought wouldn’t report the crime to the police. These three dangerous criminals went to extreme lengths to get money to score more drugs. This case shows the sad consequences of prescription pill addiction in our community.”
Both of the other participants also have been sentenced for their roles in the robbery. Baughman, of Burton, pleaded guilty Monday to accessory after the fact and was sentenced to 5 years in prison, a reduced sentence in exchange for her testimony. Edwards, also of Burton, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, armed robbery, assault and battery and possession of a controlled substance as well as second-degree burglary for breaking into a barbershop earlier in the evening. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Edwards and Peters each have previous federal bank robbery convictions for separate incidents.
By law, both Edwards and Peters must serve at least 85 percent of their sentences before being eligible for parole.