Two plead guilty to home invasion robbery

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ABINGDON — Two Blacksburg residents pleaded guilty last week in federal court to charges stemming from a home invasion robbery in Carroll County last year.

U.S. Attorney Julia C. Dudley said Donnell Edward Callaham, 26, and Korie Lee Hodges, 19, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon to charges of conspiracy, being in possession of stolen firearms and being in possession of stolen firearms with the serial number removed or obliterated.

Callaham also pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon.

Evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Lee revealed that Callaham and Hodges perpetrated an armed invasion of a residence in Carroll County in June 2008 and tied, restrained and pistol-whipped the 68-year-old male resident.

They then proceeded to steal numerous firearms from the residence.

The victim was able to give a description of the defendant’s vehicle to emergency dispatchers. Virginia State Police located it traveling north on Interstate 77 traveling.

When troopers engaged their sirens, a pursuit began that ended in Wythe County when Callaham lost control of his vehicle. Both suspects then ran from the vehicle before being apprehended shortly thereafter by state and local law enforcement.

Callaham faces a maximum penalty of 35 years to life in prison and a $1 million fine.

Hodges faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a fine of $750,000.

Sentencing is set for both defendants on May 12 at 1:30 p.m.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; Carroll and Wythe sheriffs' offices and Virginia State Police.