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Willie Franklin Smith III sounds like a respectable name, such as one you would meet in an art gallery, smelling of mahogany. That’s the thing about names and looks, they can be disgustingly deceiving.

Stith WAS a serial felon, who met his match recently when he broke into a woman’s home and tied her up in Wilmington, NC.

While his gruesome plans for her can go without being spoken, she did not intend to share those plans with the monster staring her down.

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Police say a woman shot and killed a man who broke into her home Monday night and tied her up.

Willie Franklin Stith, III, 35, was killed in the reported home invasion in the 5000 block of Hunt Club Road, off New Centre Drive, according to Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Linda Rawley. In a news release, Rawley wrote that a woman got home from work around 11 p.m. Monday when Stith forced her inside, beat her and bound her.

The woman was able to free herself and retrieved her gun, shooting Stith once. Rawley wrote that police found Stith near the front door of the home. No charges have been filed in the incident.


Stith had a lengthy criminal record, and was actually featured in a story, in 2008, which shed light on local authorities who were “using federal sentencing guidelines to keep armed offenders off the streets.” During this time, Stith was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. However, he only served 39 months.

This time, he messed with the wrong person….a woman who is well aware of her 2nd amendment rights, and those very rights saved her life.

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