A Cass County judge has sentenced 24-year-old Pierre Ward to 15 years in prison for his involvement in a Raymore home invasion.
Raymore police responded to a residence on Cedar Ridge Drive on May 29, 2012 after receiving a report that two entered the residence through a garage.
The homeowners were watching television in their living room when the armed suspects walked into their kitchen. The suspects asked the homeowners where they kept their safe and jewelry, then demanded all of their money and phones.
The homeowners were then ordered to go downstairs and as they did, the homeowner, believing that they were going to be killed once they got there, turned and punched one of the suspects in the face.
A struggle followed and the homeowner was able to get a knife from the kitchen, stabbing one of the suspects in the back.
The intruders dropped the plastic trash bags of jewelry, phones and money, while one fled out the interior garage door and the other through the front door. The homeowner was able to get the license plate of the vehicle they left in, which later was shown to be stolen.
While the home intrusion was in progress, the homeowner’s grandson was watching television in the basement where one of the suspects had gone looking for a safe. The grandson had heard the arguing upstairs and when one of the suspects started to come downstairs, he hid in a closet until he heard his grandfather call for him.
“I am relieved that the victims were able to survive this ordeal without serious physical injury,” Cass County Prosecutor Teresa Hensley said.
“The homeowner was very brave in protecting his loved ones.”
After a Cass County jury found Ward guilty of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, and armed criminal action in April, Judge William Collins sentenced him to the three charges. The robbery and burglary charges carry 15-year sentences and the armed criminal action charge carries a five-year sentence. The sentences are to run concurrent at a Missouri Department of Corrections prison.
Laurent McCambry, 33, pleaded guilty to his role in the home invasion on Dec. 13, 2013, and is currently serving an 18-year sentence in prison. Two other suspects, Laquisha Fears, 22, and Jermaine Williams, 31, are awaiting trial.