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Burglar held at gunpoint by homeowner has been sentenced for home invasion

The following press release has been issued by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

Nathan Daniel Leatherwood

Nathan Daniel Leatherwood

Murphy, NC— On Monday June 9th, 2014, a Cherokee County man plead guilty was given two 17 to 30 month sentences to run concurrently in the North Carolina Department of Corrections for Second Degree Burglary and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

On February 24th, 2013 at about 8 pm, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a breaking and entering call in the Peachtree Community. During the initial investigation, the homeowner reported that person(s) unknown had broken into her residence while she was gone and had stolen a shotgun and some medications.

On February 26th, 2013 during the early afternoon hours the homeowner called the Cherokee County Communication Center and requested an officer as she was holding the individual at gunpoint that she believed had committed the burglary at her residence a few days earlier.

Upon arrival, officers with Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office found 26 year old Nathaniel Leatherwood, who listed a Murphy North Carolina address, being held at gunpoint by the homeowner. Information gained by the officers indicated that Leatherwood had been staying at a residence just over the hill from the home that he is accused of breaking into. Information was also gained that Leatherwood had returned to apologize for committing the crime.

Sheriff Keith Lovin stated “This case is a perfect example of how a homeowner exercised her constitutional rights in her ownership of firearms and how working together as a team between citizen, law enforcement and prosecution brought a good resolution both for the homeowner and the community.”

Sheriff Lovin encourages citizen involvement in the fight against crime and asks that if you have information that you want to provide to the Sheriff’s Office please call 828-837-2589, email to, or leave an anonymous tip at 828-837-3144.

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