S.P. Man Convicted on More Charges
Lo-Ren Ellis was back in court Thursday where he entered guilty pleas to several charges.
Earlier in the week, the Southern Pines resident was convicted of the armed robbery of the Foxfire General Store nearly three years ago, receiving a sentence of nine years and nine months to 12 1/2 years. He had pending charges of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling/moving vehicle, possession of firearm by felon (two counts) and possession of a stolen firearm. Thursday, he was sentenced to five years and 10 months to seven years, nine months on those charges. It will run concurrently with the time he received for the robbery.
Ellis had a busy week in court. Monday, he was indicted by a Moore County Grand Jury as an habitual felon.
Some of the charges associated with Ellis have resulted in another Southern Pines man being arrested. On Nov. 29, 2008, Douglas Cornelius Harris, 35, of Gaines Street reported that he had been shot at while driving in Jackson Hamlet. Ellis was charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle and felony possession of a firearm in that incident.
In a press release from the Moore County Sheriff's Department, it was reported that, after further investigation, sheriff's detectives charged Harris on Thursday with felony shooting into an occupied vehicle and felony possession of a firearm by a felon.
Harris' bail was set at $10,000.
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