GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) — Seth Moore Willard, 38, plead guilty Wednesday to charges stemming form a home invasion robbery that occurred in March of 2015.
Willard entered a guilty plea to charges of robbery in the first degree, burglary in the first degree and illegal possession of a credit card.
A victim was alone in her home on Tabor Road in March of 2015 when two masked men forced entry and entered the residence, armed with a shotgun. One of the men held her at gunpoint and ordered her to get on the floor while the other tied her hands and legs with tape.
The two men stole items including her cell phone, purse and television. The victim received information the following day that there were several attempts to use her credit card at local convenience stores. Etowah County Sheriff’s Department investigators obtained surveillance video from the stores, and identified Willard as the person in possession of the card.
Upon being questioned by investigators, Willard gave a detailed statement confessing to the crimes. He later recanted and claimed he was not involved in the incident.
Willard was sentenced to 25 years in the State Penitentiary to each charge.
According to District Attorney Jody Willoughby, the other individual has not been positively identified, but the investigation is still active.
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