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Plea deadlines set for five in home invasion, restaurant burglary case

June 20th, 2014 10:39 am by Brad Hicks

Plea deadlines set for five in home invasion, restaurant burglary case

ERWIN — Plea deadline hearings have been scheduled for five of the six men allegedly involved in the December invasion of a Unicoi home and/or the October burglary of a local restaurant.

Anthony James Davis, Jamison Foster, Cory Livesay, Tyler Salyers and Calvin Sams each appeared in Unicoi County Criminal Court on Thursday. Criminal Court Judge Stacy Street scheduled Aug. 4 plea deadline hearings for the men.

Davis and Foster, who are each charged in both the home invasion and burglary cases, were arraigned Thursday. Both entered not guilty pleas. In March, Davis and Foster were indicted burglary, theft over $1,000 and vandalism over $1,000 charges for their alleged roles in the Oct. 17 burglary of the Maple Grove Restaurant, and each was also charged by a grand jury with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary and assault for his alleged involvement in the home invasion that occurred almost two months later.

Livesay was indicted in March on the charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary and assault, as was Salyers. 

Both allegedly also took part in the December home invasion. Sams was charged by the grand jury with burglary, theft over $1,000 and vandalism over $1,000 for his alleged role in the restaurant burglary.

According to Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department officials, at around 9:30 p.m. Dec. 9, a woman reported that upon returning to her Pleasant Hill Drive residence, two men wearing ski masks approached her and forced her into her home, where they used duct tape to restrain her to a chair.

Police said the victim reported the men demanded the combination to a safe in the home, threatening to kill her husband upon his return to the residence if she did not provide it. After the victim told the men she did not have the combination and could not open the safe, the pair fled the home, according to police officials.

On Dec. 18, Livesay and Davis — later identified by police as the men who approached and restrained the victim during the home invasion — were arrested. Two days later, police arrested Sams, Foster, Salyers and Kevin Craig.

At a January preliminary hearing in Sessions Court, UCSD Chief Investigator Ronnie Adkins testified that Livesay, who had been picked up on a violation of probation charge, admitted his involvement in the home invasion and told police that he and Davis waited on the victim, Wanda Vance, to return home that evening. Davis also told officials that Foster gave him and Livesay a ride to the scene while Salyers served as a lookout for law enforcement, according to Adkins’ testimony.

Adkins also testified that, after his arrest, Davis provided information on the October burglary of the Maple Grove Restaurant, which is owned by Vance and her husband. Davis told official that he lowered Sams through the roof of the business to gain entry and Foster and Craig were waiting nearby as the burglary was committed, Adkins said previously.

Craig was indicted in May on facilitation of burglary and facilitation of theft of property over $1,000 charges. He is scheduled to appear in Unicoi County Criminal Court on June 27.

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