Robber shot by trooper pleads guilty
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.