Burglars in Richard Childress robbery reach plea deals


Two of the three men arrested in the attempted armed burglary of the home of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress have reached plea deals with prosecutors.

Chantz Hines, 19, and Niquan Victorin, 21, were sentenced recently in North Carolina court to 31 to 50 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit first degree burglary, according to court records. A case against a third defendant, Armeka Spinks, 19, is still pending, with his next court date July 16.

Childress and his wife were asleep at about 10:30 p.m. Dec. 17 when they heard the crash of glass, according to police accounts of the incident. Childress reported to police that he got his gun and shot at the suspected burglars, who fled the scene uninjured.

Childress, a first vice president of the NRA, told the sheriff that “the only reason he and his wife were here today was because of God and the Second Amendment.”

The damage to a glass door was estimated at $1,000, according to the incident report.

Childress owns two full-time cars in the NASCAR Cup Series for Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman. Dillon, a Childress grandson, won the 2018 Daytona 500.

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