28-year-old Brendan Marshall Withers of Hildebran was given an active prison sentence of 17-to-23 years following his conviction for attempted murder during Caldwell County Superior Court on Tuesday (October 12). The Honorable Craig Croom, Superior Court Judge from Wake County, imposed the sentence after Withers pleaded guilty to attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and three counts of first-degree kidnapping.
The offenses occurred in April of 2018 in Catawba and Caldwell counties. In Catawba County, Withers held three former co-workers at gunpoint while taking money from them and binding their hands with tape. He then forced them into a vehicle and drove them into Caldwell County’s Granite Falls area.
An altercation ensued when one of the victims attempted to disarm Withers inside the vehicle. The altercation continued when the parties were outside the vehicle. During the incident, Withers shot the victim and then fled on foot before eventually surrendering himself to law enforcement.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation with assistance from several other agencies. Chief Assistant District Attorney Mitch Walker prosecuted the case.