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Decatur man gets 6-year sentence for brutal home invasions
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Decatur man gets 6-year sentence for brutal home invasions

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Raymond D. Graham

Raymond D. Graham. Sentenced to 6 years in prison April 26, 2021, after pleading guilty to a charge of home invasion. 

DECATUR — Raymond D. Graham, part of a group of Decatur men who carried out a terrifying and violent series of home invasions on the same night, has been sent to prison for six years.

Graham, 26, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court Monday and pleaded guilty to a charge of home invasion, a Class X felony.

It was part of a plea deal negotiated by his defense attorney, Jacqueline Hollis-George, that saw two additional home invasion charges dismissed. Judge Jeffrey Geisler also dismissed one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, three counts of aggravated kidnapping, one count of armed violence, one count of armed robbery, one count of residential burglary and one count of possession of a stolen gun.

And as part of the same plea deal regarding another two cases against Graham arising from the home invasions, the judge dismissed a batch of 22 similar charges. Graham was also given a custody credit of two years and four months for the time he’s spent in the Macon County Jail since his arrest on Dec. 4, 2018.

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Sworn affidavits from Decatur police describe Graham taking part with four other men in three home invasions on the night of Nov. 20, 2018. Detectives said one victim was clubbed with a gun and a grandfather clubbed to the floor. The home invaders then seized the man’s 6-year-old grandson, shoved the barrel of a gun in his mouth and threatened to kill him until the man told them where the key was to a safe that held guns and valuables.

The other alleged home invaders, all being held in the jail and all pleading not guilty to similar sets of charges that Graham faced, are: Byron D. Theus Jr. 21, Rahiam A. Shabazz, 21, Dondrion L. Austin, 20, and 19-year-old Mikhail D. Gordon.

Theus’s cases are listed for a status hearing in court April 30. Austin is scheduled for a pretrial hearing May 18 while Shabazz and Gordon are due in court for pretrial hearings May 21.


Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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