The man who pleaded guilty for a February 2011 home-invasion robbery in Sterling has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Judge Burke F. McCahill sentenced Samuel Thomas Eaton, 28, of Lovettsville, to 20 years with 13 years suspended for armed burglary and 10 years with five years suspended for attempted robbery during a hearing last month. Eaton pleaded guilty to the charges in October.
“This case is a prime example of the dangerous culture that illegal narcotics can bring to our community as well as the harsh consequences that can result for all involved,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman stated.
According to authorities, Feb. 10, 2011, Eaton and two co-defendants planned to rob a home on Kennedy Road residence in Sterling Park. Eaton was familiar with the home because he had purchased illegal drugs there previously. Eaton planned the crime and enlisted two friends, Scott Alexander Walker, 33, of Harpers Ferry, WV, and Anthony Devoure Miles, 28, of Manassas, to assist him.
Eaton armed himself with a pellet gun and Walker and Miles were masked and armed with knives. The three men entered the home through the unlocked front door.
The three men were confronted by a resident of the home and after a struggle, forced him to open the safe. When the resident opened the safe, he pulled out a Glock 9mm pistol and shot Walker in the chest. Walker fell to the floor, but was able to flee with Eaton. The resident, who has not been identified, and Miles continued to fight and the resident drew a second firearm and shot Miles twice. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Walker later showed up at Inova Loudoun Hospital seeking treatment for a gunshot wound. Eaton was at large for several days before being apprehended.
Walker is scheduled to be sentenced in Loudoun County Circuit Court May 11. He pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy and attempted robbery.
Two woman also were identified as being involved in the case, after the fact. Rebecca Lynn Hook, 27, of Lovettsville, was originally believed to have fled along with Eaton and the couple's 6-year-old son, but she was arrested in Loudoun. Whitney Lasik, 24, of Sterling, was believed to have driven Walker to Inova Loudoun Hospital for treatment of his gunshot wound. While they were originally charged, cases against them have not moved forward.