ROCKINGHAM — A man recently convicted of multiple sex crimes has been sentenced to a minimum of 45 years in prison.
District Attorney Reece Saunders announced Monday that a jury returned a guilty verdict in the trial of 40-year-old Robert Brandon Hoffman.
Hoffman was found guilty of two counts of incest, two counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, one count of attempted sex offense and one count of taking indecent liberties with a child, Saunders said.
The two-week trial took place during the May 23 session of Richmond County Criminal Superior Court.
The case that led to the charges and subsequent conviction was investigated by Lt. Mitchell Watson of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office with assistance by the Richmond County Department of Social Services and Treehouse Child Advocacy Center in Monroe.
According to Saunders, the crimes were committed against three minors under the age of 16.
“My office will continue to work tirelessly to achieve justice for children,” Saunders said in a statement. “We thank the citizens of Richmond County for their jury service.”
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Alex Harris and Michael Van Buren and presided over by Resident Superior Court Judge Stephan R. Futrell.
The D.A. said Hoffman was sentenced to a minimum of 550 months and a maximum of 780 months with the N.C. Department Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.
Records show Hoffman was previously convicted of assault on a child in 2003 and was incarcerated about two and a half months.
Hoffman was admitted into Central Prison in Raleigh on June 3.