Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods
Home Invasions
Elderly South Carolina woman Margaret Gooding (pictured) was repaid by Stevie Aiken, 31, a man she had hired to do some yard work, with a home invasion that nearly killed her. On December 7, 2009, Stevie Aiken and Nathaniel Harris cut Gooding's phone line, then broke a window in her home, demanding that she open the door. She shot at them, but missed. Unfortunately Aiken shot back wounding Gooding twice in the stomach during the exchange. The men then pepper sprayed Gooding, put her in the trunk of her car and left it in a parking lot in nearby Waterboro. She was found 12 hours later when someone reported a suspicious vehicle. Gooding survived and was able to identify the shooter. Both men were arrested. Aiken, who pleaded not guilty, was charged with armed robbery, first degree burglary, assault and battery with intent to kill, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime. He was found guilty and sentenced to 35 years. Harris, who pleaded guilty and testified against Aiken, was sentenced to 20 years.

Though Gooding recovered physically, her daughter, Suzette Taylor, told reporters that Gooding, who was moved to an assisted living, "now lives in fear for the rest of her life ... She has never returned from being in that car."
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