SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - A Philadelphia man arrested in the multi-jurisdictional "Operation In The House" crime bust for his role in a 2014 Sussex County home invasion and murder was convicted on 21 charges in Superior Court on Wednesday.
The Delaware Department of Justice says 20-year-old Rhamir Waples was found guilty of two counts of first degree murder, two counts of first degree robbery, home invasion, 15 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and a count of second degree conspiracy. Instead of facing an automatic life sentence, since Waples was 17 at the time of the murder he could face anywhere from 57 years to a life sentence in prison, officials said.
In January of 2014, Waples, along with co-defendents Damon Bethea and Richard Robinson, reportedly shot 29-year-old Cletis Nelson and 27-year-old William Hopkins when the three robbed Nelson and Hopkins' home in Millsboro.
Waples was arrested in Philadelphia in August 2015 and extradited back to Delaware. He was the last suspect sought in "Operation In The House," an effort by law enforcement to capture subjects participating in organized crime. Waples and 34 others were charged for their involvement in a massive drug and crime ring in Kent and Sussex Counties.
Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn thanked Deputy Attorneys General Hutchinson and Cosgrove for their work to secure the convictions. Delaware State Police, Dover Police, Georgetown Police, Philadelphia Police, the Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Marshals, Probation and Parole and the Sussex Correctional Institution all assisted with "Operation In The House."
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