Rob­ber shot by trooper pleads guilty

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL & REGIONAL - jshan­non@ ches­pub. com By JOSH SHAN­NON

NE­WARK, DEL. — A Colora man who was shot by a Delaware State Trooper while at­tempt­ing a home-in­va­sion rob­bery has pleaded guilty to a bevy of charges and is fac­ing a manda­tory min­i­mum 22-year prison sen­tence.

In early De­cem­ber, James McCardell, 39, broke into a home in the 300 block of Salem Church Road near Ne­wark and robbed the oc­cu­pants at gun­point.

He re­turned a week later with Brian Richardson, 31, of Philadel­phia, and com­mit­ted an­other armed home in­va­sion. The res­i­dents called 911, and Trooper Pierre Lawler ap­proached the home, where he saw bro­ken glass and a door that had been forced open.

Lawler en­tered through the open door and saw the vic­tims ly­ing face down in the liv­ing room. McCardell emerged hold­ing a hand­gun and moved quickly to­ward Lawler.

Lawler fired one round and struck McCardell in the ab­domen. Richardson com­plied with Lawler’s com­mands and laid down on the floor. Lawler held the two sus­pects at gun­point un­til more of­fi­cers ar­rived.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors later re­cov- ered McCardell’s 9-mm hand­gun loaded with eight rounds.

McCardell pleaded guilty to home in­va­sion, pos­ses­sion of a firearm dur­ing the com­mis­sion of a felony, first-de­gree rob­bery and sec­ond-de­gree rob­bery.

Richardson pleaded guilty to home in­va­sion, pos­ses­sion of a firearm dur­ing the com­mis­sion of a felony, wear­ing a dis­guise dur­ing the com­mis­sion of a felony and sec­ond-de­gree con­spir­acy. He faces a 10year manda­tory min­i­mum sen­tence.

Last month, the at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice cleared Lawler, rul­ing that his shoot­ing of McCardell was jus­ti­fied.

MCCARDELL

RICHARDSON

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