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Lawmakers deal with home invasion

79-year-old Wendel Newell was attacked and robbed by home invaders 79-year-old Wendel Newell was attacked and robbed by home invaders
Ware, Miles, and Mitchell Ware, Miles, and Mitchell
WORTH CO., GA (WALB) -

Georgia lawmakers are giving home invaders their own place in the criminal justice system. They are writing special laws to deal with that crime. Family members of Wendell Newell say that is good, because home invasion needs to be a specific crime itself.  

"They need to be prosecuted for more than aggravated assault, that's like a slap on the wrist and gone and do it again," said Susie Newell.  

The 79-year-old Newell was attacked and robbed by home invaders at his home on Woodcrest Road home in Worth County November 16th. He suffered serious injured because he was beaten with a metal object.   

"He doesn't have the same quality of life that he had before, so there should be more punishment," said Susie Newell.    

One of the three suspects was charged with aggravated assault and armed robbery. The family wants stronger punishments for any types of home invasions.  

"If they're beat that bad, I think they should be charged with attempted murder. I mean because he could have died if someone wouldn't have shown up when they did," said Susie Newell.  

"They need to tighten up on that because if they get caught, it not like it was that bad," said Tyler Starnes.    

The family of Wendell Newell believes if the punishments were stronger, it would cut down on all home invasions.

In that case, Justin Ware, 28, (pictured at right) has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Armed Robbery, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Tool for the Commission of a Crime, misdemeanor Theft by Taking, and three counts of felony Theft by Taking.

Jesse James Mitchell, 29, was taken into custody in Albany.  He has been charged with one count of misdemeanor Theft by Taking and two felony counts of Theft by Taking.  He is being housed in the Worth County jail. 

Crystal Miles, 28, has been charged with one count of misdemeanor Theft by Taking, three counts of felony Theft by Taking, and one count of Robbery. 

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