NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Two juries reached verdicts at around the same time Thursday afternoon in New Hanover County court. Both of the trials involved violent sexual attacks.
Nicholas Lofton was convicted on more than a half-dozen felony charges, including kidnapping, sexual offense, first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery. Prosecutors say Lofton and two other men were involved in a home invasion on Sharease Court in Wilmington in October of 2007, where they assaulted two adults and two of the three children in the home. They duct-taped the eyes of the victims, then beat and sexually assaulted both of the adults.
Lofton will spend between 84 and 105 years in prison.No other arrests have been made in the case.
In another New Hanover County courtroom, Douglas Job Smith, who is 50-years old, was convicted on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping. The jury's verdict came exactly two years after the crime happened.
Prosecutors say Smith offered a 32-year old woman a ride home, but instead took her to his trailer where he bound hthe woman with duct tape and sexually assaulted her repeatedly. The woman was able to work her way out of the tape, and ran across the street to a nearby business to get help.
Smith received a sentence of between 94 and 115 years in prison.