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Operation “In The House” Defendant Sentenced to Prison for Home Invasion And Robbery Charges

Date Posted: Friday, August 12th, 2016
Categories:  Criminal Department of Justice DOJ Press Releases

Others face prison time for drug and weapons charges

A 31-year-old Wilmington woman will spend 15 years in prison for her part in a home invasion robbery that led to the shooting death of two Millsboro men. Rachel Rentoul pled guilty to Home Invasion, Robbery First Degree, and Conspiracy Second Degree in Sussex County Superior Court on August 10, 2016. Rentoul was arrested in July 2015 as part of Operation “In The House,” a multijurisdictional undertaking designed to proactively impact violent crime in Sussex and Kent Counties. In January 2014, Cletis Nelson and William Hopkins were shot and killed during a home invasion robbery within a residence located on Harmon’s Hill Road, Millsboro. Rentoul was charged with assisting in the planning of the crime. Deputy Attorneys General Christopher Hutchinson, Martin Cosgrove, and Casey Ewart secured the plea and prison sentence, which will include Rentoul’s participation in the Key program, and be followed by 6 months of Level IV Work Release, and two years at Level III probation.

Deputy Attorney General Rebecca Song secured a plea from David Crisden, 45, of Wilmington to one count of Drug Dealing. In February 2016, a probation officer doing a home check on Crisden, found a bag containing more than 2.5 grams of heroin in the pocket of one of Crisden’s jackets. Crisden is scheduled for sentencing by the court in October.

Deputy Attorney General Lindsay Taylor secured a plea and prison sentence for a 24-year old Magnolia man who will spend the next 6 ½ years in prison after pleading guilty to weapons offenses. George Curtis pled to Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, and Possession of Weapon with Removed, Obliterated, or Altered Serial Number. In November 2014, while on probation for an Unlawful Sexual Contact conviction, police found a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun that had its serial number heavily scratched away during a Probation and Parole administrative search. Curtis was sentenced to a total of 6 ½ years in prison, followed by 1 year Level IV work release, then 1 year of Level III probation.

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