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2 Carbondale men convicted of home invasion, armed robbery


The Jackson County State’s Attorney announced today that two Carbondale men were found guilty of home invasion and armed robbery following a jury trial in Jackson County Circuit Court. 

A third man pleaded guilty to other charges and was sentenced to prison. 

Terrance A. Vinson, 37, and Melvin L. Sanford, 29, both of Carbondale, were found guilty of home invasion and armed robbery,.

Elijah J. Mosley, 21, also of Carbondale, entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to seven years in the Department of Corrections. 

He is eligible for the Impact Incarceration Program, also known as “Boot Camp.” 

On December 11, 2014, Carbondale Police Officers were dispatched to a residence at the Cedar Court Trailer Park in Carbondale in reference to a report of a home invasion and armed robbery that had just occurred. 

The victims told officers that several men wearing black clothing had forced their way into her trailer and robbed them, holding them and their nine-year-old child at gunpoint. 

The suspects took the victims’ cell phones when they left the home. 

The officers were able to track the cell phone to a 1988 Cadillac registered to a Melvin Sanford. 

Officers conducted a felony stop on the vehicle, and they arrested the three occupants, being Sanford, Vinson, and Mosley. 

During a search of the vehicle, the stolen cell phones were located inside. 

Other items found in the vehicle were consistent with the items reported taken by the victims.  

A sentencing date for Sanford and Vinson is to be set.

Their bonds were revoked and they are in custody pending sentencing.

The charges each carry a minimum sentence of 21 years and a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison. 

This enhancement is based upon the jury finding that a firearm was used in the commission of these offenses.

The investigation was conducted by the Carbondale Police Department. 

Assistant State’s Attorney Mark Hamrock was responsible for the prosecution of this case.

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