A Kannapolis man will spend at least twelve years in prison for trying to kill two people in 2009, according to Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook.
Timani D’Ante Stark of Kannapolis was convicted this week in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court of two counts of felony attempted first degree murder, two counts of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of felony conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, and felony burglary.
Judge Casey Viser consolidated the charges for one judgment and sentenced Stark to a minimum of 152 months (12.66 years) to a maximum of 192 months (16 years) in prison.
On Monday, October 26, 2009, the male victim was walking down a handicap ramp at the back of his home on Corriher Grange Road in Mooresville around 8:30 p.m. when three people confronted him. The two men were carrying shotguns and one was wearing a Halloween costume, and the other had a dark hooded shirt on with the hood over his head and a bandana covering his face.
The victim was forced to the ground while the men went through his pockets and took his money. He was then held by one man while the other two individuals went inside his residence. The victim said the person holding him had a shotgun held to his head and was shining a bright red light in his face.
Inside the residence, a woman was lying on the couch when she heard the back door open. She saw a woman and a man standing in her kitchen. The man was carrying a shotgun and had a bandana covering his face. The man stated he wanted her money and grabbed her by the arm and pulled her over to a safe.
The individuals forced the victim inside the home to open the safe while holding a shotgun to her head. A short time later the individuals left.
On Friday, October 30, 2009, the victim’s son was working on a fence gate behind his home at Corriher Grange Road in Mooresville when he heard a noise and saw a shadow at the garage of the residence. He looked up and saw two men, and he recognized one of them as Timani Stark. The two men grabbed him, displayed pistols with lasers, and threatened to shoot him if he did not remain quiet.
The men told the victim they were going into his home and hit him in the face and head because the victim began resisting them. The victim was able to break free and grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun and the two men ran to the back door.
The victim fired the shotgun and one of the black males fired back which came close to striking the victim’s father. The victim chased the men and he fired the shotgun again and struck one of them. The victim continued to pursue Stark who turned and fired his gun but the victim was not struck.
The victim returned to his home and found his father holding the man (who had been shot) by gunpoint. This man confirmed the second man was Stark.
The man who had been shot was treated for his injuries and provided a statement to law enforcement.
Stark was subsequently arrested and stated that he had been at the victim’s home before.
Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook stated she appreciated the work of Assistant District Attorney Barrett Poppler and the thorough investigation conducted by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. Cook stated she appreciated the victims’ cooperation during the prosecution of the case which helped to ensure that Stark was held accountable for his criminal conduct.