Boykins man sent to prison for holding up 87-year-old

Published 1:21 pm Saturday, January 7, 2012

COURTLAND—A Boykins-area man will serve nine years in prison for holding up an 87-year-old Capron man at knifepoint and robbing another inside the victim’s Courtland home.

Calvin Taylor, 22, of the 30000 block of Tucker’s Drive was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to two counts of robbery in Southampton County Circuit Court.

Taylor conspired with a woman to rob the Capron man inside his home in the 26000 block of Pope Station Road at 5 p.m. Jan. 6, 2011, according to court records.

The victim told police he knew suspect Laura Murphy, 42, of the 28000 block of Clarksbury Road, Boykins. She allegedly arrived at the home first. Shortly after, Taylor arrived and told the victim he was there to rob him, according to court records.

It was later discovered the telephone lines had been cut.

Murphy will have a trial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the circuit court in Courtland.

In a home invasion from Nov. 22, 2010, Taylor was one of three men accused of robbing a Courtland-area man. The victim told police a black male came to his home at 8:40 p.m. in the 18000 block of Wakefield Road asking to use the telephone because his vehicle had broken down, according to court records.

The victim allowed the man to use the phone, and the suspect stated he couldn’t reach anyone. Then two other black males allegedly armed with handguns entered the home wearing masks. They ordered the victim to the floor and took money, firearms and jewelry.

Taylor also was ordered to pay $4,150 in court costs for the Courtland robbery.

Craig Murphy, 21, of Boykins will be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the circuit court for the same case.