Teen sentenced for robbing aunt

BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- A former West Brunswick High School student will spend at least five years behind bars for robbing his own aunt. Chasen Duke is one of four teens who has already pleaded guilty to the crime. Prosecutors say last December Duke and four friends broke into Duke's aunt's house near Calabash. That's when three of them tied her up with duct tape and locked her in the bathroom. The teens stole about $8,000 from the elderly woman. Last week former West Brunswick football star Dre Hill and teammates Erik Gore and Charles Hill pleaded guilty and were sentenced to at least five years in prison. A fifth suspect, Darren Marlowe, is scheduled to go to trial in October. The victim was not in the courtroom when her nephew was sentenced for robbing her.

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I'm reading these comments of people giving their opinions...and it reminds me of a case from March where my husband's best friend was KILLED by a drunk driver. The driver was a prominent newscaster in a large city and he was let go that night...and has basically received a slap on the hand for his crime that he committed against my husband's friend and his family. Then there is Chasen, the "Duke" boy. I met him after the crime happened and got to know him before I knew about what he had done. When someone told me about his situation, I was shocked. He IS a good person-nice, kind, helpful-all the things a mother would hope for her son to be. He did something wrong. It was stupid. It was morally wrong. It was disloyal. It was thoughtless. He knows that. As the sister of a brother who notoriously has made a mess of his life, I see that people make mistakes every day. The real problem lies in the true definition of insanity-doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Let's hope that Chasen doesn't suffer from insanity. Let's hope that the sentence he has received-MORE than the man who KILLED my husband's best friend-will become something that he is able to use positively in some way, shape, or form. Let's be humane and realize that there is a family and many friends out there who love these boys and your hateful and judgemental words are only deepening their pain, not making it better.