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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 18, 2022

Smyrna Man Sentenced To 10 Years in Federal Prison For Attempted Dover Home Invasion

WILMINGTON, Del. - David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that Willilam Bailey, 39, of Smyrna was sentenced on November 16, 2022 to 10 years in federal prision for his role in an attempted Dover home invasion. Chief U.S. District Judge Colm F. Connolly pronounced the sentence.

According to court documents and statements made at the sentencing, around midnight on May 10, 2018, Bailey attempted a home invasion with separately charged defendant, Tyler Deberry, and another man.  Armed with a sawed-off rifle, the three men tried to force their way into a Dover mobile home, expecting to rob its occupants of drugs and cash.  The intruders attempted to enter through the trailer’s back door, but found it blocked on the inside by a washer/dryer.  One of the intruders forced his head, shoulder, arm, and the rifle through the blocked doorway, while victims within the home fought back, pushing against the door to force it closed.   Several shots were fired in the struggle before a victim took the rifle away from the intruders, who then fled.  At sentencing, the prosecutor noted that this was Bailey’s second conviction for home evasion.   Defendant Tyler Deberry’s sentencing is set for February 6, 2023.

U.S. Attorney Weiss stated, “In the middle of the night, the defendant joined with others in an armed attempt to break into a home. Bailey and his confederates dangerous plan failed only because the door was blocked, and the occupants fought back. My office is committed to prosecuting violent crimes, even more so when those crimes are committed by recidivists.” 

The case was investigated by the Dover Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edmond Falgowski and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Graham Robinson.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the District of Delaware or on PACER by searching for Case No. 21-cr-79.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Firearms Offenses
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Updated November 18, 2022