BOONE — On July 26, 2018, a Watauga County jury found Joseph Hinton, 22, guilty of First Degree Burglary and Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Burglary, according to a press release from the office of District Attorney Seth Banks.

On March 26, 2017, Hinton, Amate Dawes and Tykeem Woodard planned to rob an ASU student, whom they knew to have a large amount of marijuana and cash. Tykeem Woodard picked up Joseph Hinton and Amate Dawes in Greensboro and drove to the student’s apartment on Westin Way in Boone that evening, according to the release. They entered the main level of his residence that night, but took off running into the woods when they realized he was downstairs and had a shotgun.

The victim went outside and took a photograph of the license plate of the vehicle the three men had driven there, the release stated. He also found a Driver’s License that belonged to Tykeem Woodard, a cell phone and an extra magazine for a handgun. According to the release, he then walked back into his apartment and locked the door. One of the men approached the door with a gun and demanded the items. He returned the cell phone. A short while later, shots were fired through the victim’s door, with one of them striking him through his left ear and temple. A neighbor took the victim to Watauga Medical Center, the release stated.

Sgt. Det. Lucas Smith of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office was assigned to the case and after a lengthy investigation, charged Hinton as one of the perpetrators.

The Honorable R. Gregory Horne, Resident Superior Court Judge, sentenced Hinton to a minimum of 64 to 89 months in the Department of Corrections for First Degree Burglary and a minimum of 25 to 42 months for Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Burglary, according to the release.

“My office continues working to hold those accountable who come into our community with designs on perpetrating violent acts,” District Attorney Seth Banks said in a statement. “This sentence sends a strong message that this behavior will not be tolerated. I would like to thank Assistant District Attorney Jasmine McKinney and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office for their work in bringing Joseph Hinton to justice.”

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