Wilmington man sentenced for role in deadly Christmas Eve home invasion

Wilmington man sentenced for role in deadly Christmas Eve home invasion

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Wilmington man will serve up to eight years in prison for his role in a deadly home invasion in New Hanover County on Christmas Eve 2017.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Rashiem Mooring, 26, pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted armed robbery, one count of first-degree burglary, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Attempted murder charges and two assault charges were dismissed as part of his plea agreement, prosecutors said.

Mooring and two other men forced their way into a home on Silver Lake Road during the early morning hours of Dec. 24, 2017, and opened fire on the homeowner and another woman.

The homeowner, who was armed at the time of the break-in, returned fire and struck Hakim Hanifah who died outside of the home. A pistol was discovered beside Hanifah’s body.

Investigators believe Mooring either shot himself in the hand during the incident or was shot by the homeowner, as well. He managed to escape from the scene that night, however, DNA evidence collected from blood left behind connected him to the crimes.

Cell phone records and surveillance video from a nearby store also confirmed Mooring and Hanifah’s involvement.

A third suspect believed to have been involved was never charged.

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