Two of the 3 suspects have pleaded guilty after they attempted to break into the home of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress; They fled from the scene upon defense gunfire
On December 17th, 2017, Richard Childress and his wife were woken from their bed by a crash at the front door. The window was broken out as the rifle carrying suspects attempted to enter the home.
Richard Childress quickly grabbed his gun. He met the would be home invaders with a shotgun. As the gun was fired, the three individuals ran from the scene uninjured.
Richard Childress stated that night, “the only reason he and his wife were here today was because of God and the Second Amendment.”
Aside from being a NASCAR Team owner, Childress is also a vice-president of the NRA.
The incident report stated that the damage to the front entrance would cost $1,000 to repair. The glass was shattered. Childress offered a reward of $10,000 to help locate the individuals. He also released screenshots from the home video surveillance footage. Days later, the reward was increased to $50,000.
In January 2018, the men were caught by police. The Winston-Salem police department notified the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office that the 3 riffles held by the burglars matched riffles that were recently stolen. That led to the arrest.
Two of the three men have reached a plea deal with the courts as stated in court documents. They have been sentenced to at least two years in prison.
19-year old, Chantz Hines and 21-year-old, Niquan Victorin have both elected to take the plea deal. Each of the men were sentenced to 31 to 50 months in prison. They were charged with conspiracy to commit first degree burglary.
The other suspect, 19-year-old, Armeka Spinks has a court date scheduled for July 16 according to court records.
Richard Childress fields two full-time cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The #3 is driven by the 2018 Daytona 500 winner and his grandson Austin Dillon. The #31 is piloted by veteran driver Ryan Newman.