Final co-defendant in dozens of break-ins sentenced


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — District Attorney Ben David’s office says the final member of a group responsible for multiple break-ins and larcenies in Wilmington and New Hanover County has pleaded guilty.

James Smallwood, 35, pleaded guilty Monday to 35 break-ins and 33 felony larcenies, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office.

Smallwood, along with Kimberly Mayhew, Joseph Howard and Eric Howard, committed the crimes from July to December 2014.

According to the release, Smallwood was sentenced to at least six years in prison.

Here’s the district attorney’s full release:

James Smallwood, the final member of a group responsible for multiple break ins and larcenies in Wilmington and New Hanover County, pleaded guilty on Monday to thirty five break ins and thirty three felony larcenies. Smallwood, age 35, along with Kimberly Mayhew, Joseph Howard, and Eric
Howard, committed these crimes from July to December 2014. A joint investigation by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department, the Wilmington Police Department, and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department lead to their apprehension and arrest. Smallwood also plead guilty to discharging a firearm into occupied property from an incident on November 12, 2014, where he and Mayhew shot into a home in Kings Grant.

Smallwood was sentenced to 73-100 months in the Department of Adult Correction. Judge Phyllis Gorham also ordered Smallwood to pay $82,666 in restitution if he is given work release during post release supervision and as a civil judgment entered against him.

Co-defendant Kimberly Mayhew plead guilty on November 16, 2015 and was sentenced to serve 51-74 months in the Department of Adult Correction. Mayhew is facing three consecutive 8-19 month suspended sentences and supervised probation once she finishes her prison sentence. As part of her
probation, Mayhew was ordered to pay $113,817.83 in restitution.

Co-defendant Joseph Howard, a habitual felon, plead guilty on January 7, 2016 and was sentenced to 146-188 months in the Department of Adult Correction. Joseph Howard was also ordered to pay $94,692 in restitution.

Co-defendant Eric Howard plead guilty on February 29, 2016 to eleven break ins and larcenies. Howard was sentenced to an active sentence of 15-27 months followed by an active sentence of 9-20 months. Howard also faces four consecutive 10-21 month suspended sentences and supervised
probation for 36 months. Eric Howard was ordered to pay $112,901.99 in restitution and to complete the two year TROSA inpatient program while on probation.

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