Man sentenced to 106 years in prison for string of robberies and home invasions in Cary


A federal judge sentenced a Durham man to 106 years in prison Tuesday for a string of robberies and home invasions in Cary.

John Devere Battle, 25, received the sentence of 1,272 months from U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm Battle, who added five years of supervised probation to the end of Battle’s term.

The average life expectancy of an American man is 78.7 years, according to the World Bank.

Evidence at trial showed Battle and others robbed two Kangaroo and Quality Mart gas stations in Cary at gunpoint during 2016, a press release from U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon Jr. said.

Also in 2016, Battle and others broke into a Cary home, tied up their victims and threatened to kill them, pistol-whipping one of them and taking another to a bank to withdraw money, the release said. A search warrant later turned up a handgun and items from the home invasion at a house in Wendell.

Cary, Wendell and Durham police investigated the case along with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, the City-County Bureau of Investigation, the State Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

As part of the sentence, Battle must pay more than $35,000 in restitution.

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