Man Sentenced For Sex Crime, Robbery At Washington Hotel

Gregory Anthony Gardner has been sentenced to prison for a 2009 robbery and sex crime at a Washington hotel.

Gardner, of Brown Street in Washington, was found guilty Friday in Beaufort County of first degree sex offense, first degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Gardner, who is in his 20s, was sentenced to a minimum of 58 years and two months in prison to a maximum of 73 years.

Gardner's co-defendant pleaded in the case previously. His projected release date is 2082.

Gardner and Dwayne McMurren Jr. broke into a hotel room, robbed two victims and sexually assaulted and raped one of the victims in August 2009.

McMurren, who is 21, pleaded guilty to rape, first degree sexual offense, burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Raye Cameron was the prosecutor in Gardner's case.

District Attorney Seth Edwards hopes that conviction and sentencing of Gardner serves as an example of “justice that is lasting and effective,” he said.

Edwards thanked Officer Mobley, Detective Black and Detective Dickinson of the Washington Police Department, the medical staff at Beaufort County Hospital and the State Bureau of Investigation for their assistance in the case.

Since his convictions in February 2010, corrections officials report McMurren has had 14 infractions including "lock tampering, disobey order, assault staff/throwing liquids, flood cell and assault staff with weapon."

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  • by Shoot him Location: NC on Nov 20, 2011 at 03:07 PM
    OK be fair about it. Give him a half second chance to make a clean run for freedom.
  • by c-had Location: police state nc on Nov 19, 2011 at 09:16 AM
    They should be executed.Child molestors,rapists, and murderers should all be executed.There would be plenty of room for theives and other petty criminals if we were a little more practical.Legalize Mary jane and you wouldnt be letting real criminals go early as there would be plenty of room for them.
  • by Change Location: Washington on Nov 19, 2011 at 08:50 AM
    I wouldn't say that the situation is black and white but everyone is making it that way. This ignorance is uncalled for in my eyes. You do the crime you do the time but some of the crimes that others commit should be treated the same. You are who you hang around and some young people need to start making better decisions.
  • by The Cost of Ignorance on Nov 19, 2011 at 05:53 AM
    We are going to spend close to $2,000,000.00 to keep this person housed, fed, and educated for the next 73 years? Multiply this times the number of over-bred, parent-lacking, uneducated, ignorance we have living in our state. Where is the drive to do better? Where is the self respect? We've grown tired of the following excuses "his daddy was mean to him", "he grew up on the streets", "he needs alternatives to express and deal with the circumstances that led him to this". "We" are not going to rehabilitate anyone. There is an inner drive that is missing. Maybe it is because we are allowing this to continue. Stop reproducing at such a high rate, get your children to school, take responsibility for yourself and accept your circumstances, and realize that we are putting the future of our "quality citizens" at risk by spending money that is not there on people of this caliber.
  • by Justin on Nov 19, 2011 at 04:06 AM
    Praise to the highest that these two men will NEVER walk the streets of Washington!!!!!!
  • by Neighbor on Nov 19, 2011 at 04:01 AM
    Why are there so many of you supporting a criminal? It boggles my mind. That's is why there is so much crime from African Americans. I hope your daughters and mothers do not even end up in that situation.
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      by :-) on Nov 19, 2011 at 11:55 AM in reply to Neighbor
      I'm not saying that theses two men didn't get what was coming to them. I do know in this county there are some that are not a criminal. Its just a LEO trying to make a name for themself. The more this happens the more people will come out talking.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2011 at 07:35 PM
    58 years?? Wow..someone admitting to murder dont even get that much time..erick smallwood plead guily to murder and only gt 24years and he had a criminal record
  • by Thank goodness Location: Washington on Nov 18, 2011 at 06:22 PM
    Thank goodness justice has finally been served! Glory be to God! Let this be a lesson to everyone in America. If you commit a crime, you will have to suffer the consequences. Also, if you are going to make a comment, please use proper English.
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      by s.g on Nov 18, 2011 at 07:21 PM in reply to Thank goodness
      I totally agree you do the crime you sufffer the consequences, however the consequences should be the same for everyone......same crime same time......
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      by Puff on Nov 18, 2011 at 09:24 PM in reply to Thank goodness
      I do not feel that this is the proper place to complain about a person using "proper english". People have their opinions and should be allowed to express them without someone complaining about their grammer or spelling or punctuation. Since you apparently have nothing better to do than critisize other people and the way they express their words, I would suggest you go get a job as a proof reader someplace other than here, and leave these people alone.
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        by Puffed on Nov 19, 2011 at 06:26 AM in reply to Puff
        Did you mean "criticize"? "The way they express their words" - Huh? Maybe you meant "their thoughts." LOL
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          by Puff on Nov 19, 2011 at 07:03 AM in reply to Puffed
          @ puffed, So ya'll aint likin my grammer n spellin !!!!!!!!! Iffin ya'll ain't likin it, go try and communicate wiffin some of them thair people in yer own family that ain't had much book learnin.
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        by Jethro on Nov 20, 2011 at 07:58 PM in reply to Puff
        Im so glad for my 6th grade education. I graduated highest in my a good 2 feet. LOL
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      by fair on Nov 19, 2011 at 04:00 AM in reply to Thank goodness
      Anyone who commits a crime like this should go away for good. They should also throw Gregory's dad in there too for all the times he brutally "beat the sin" out of Gregory when he was growing up.
  • by Little lady on Nov 18, 2011 at 05:50 PM
    My God, I dont belive this. These kids got time like this. No I dont think thats right for these young guys to spend the rest of there life n prison. And you may said who am I to say this but I would like everyone to know. My daughter was rape at a very young age. Gang rape. And belive it or not those guys only got 18 mos. house arrest. Now aint that something. But out of 7 of them guys 5 of them change there life around. And the othere 2 is dead now. So what im saying is God holds everything n the palm of his hands. The things these kids is gonna have to go through and everybody know what im talking about in a man prison is only making them worst.
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      by donna on Nov 19, 2011 at 07:07 PM in reply to Little lady
      Personally, I feel they should not see daylight until the young woman forgets what was done to her! Same as if someone steals your virginity, and they go to jail for stealing it, they shouldn't be released until the person gets their virginity back. Yeah, sounds harsh, but, I personally think prison is too good for these so called men in this case. They get three meals, educated, shelter, heat and air for hurting this woman, and the karma to it all, HER tax dollars will help provide these things in prison for these RAPIST! Atleast some justice was shown!
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      by 250 on Nov 20, 2011 at 03:16 PM in reply to Little lady
      No I dont think thats right for these young guys to spend the rest of there life n prison. And you may said who am I to say this but I would like everyone to know. I personally do not think it is right these young men spend the rest of their lives in prison also. They should be dangling from a good stout horizontal 6x6 timber by tomorrow noon. God forbid it should ever happen to my worst enemy but it ain't helping the woman to remember that The lord is holding the clown that just jumped her from behind and is activly seek his own satisfaction for a split second.
  • by Do tell Location: ENC on Nov 18, 2011 at 01:25 PM
    WITN how come we can post on this one but not the Former Pitt County High School Coach Sentenced. He got only 60 days. Whats up with that. The kid was 13 and he was 23. Come on do tell.
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      by Seriously on Nov 18, 2011 at 02:55 PM in reply to Do tell
      It's probably because WITN never allows discussions on sex crimes that involve minors. The boy in that case has been victimized enough. Do we really need to let him be victimized again with some of the idiotic comments that some people post up here?

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