CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - A Charlotte man will remain in prison after carjacking a family at gunpoint earlier this year.
Xavier Shiheen Mills, 23, was sentenced to 161 months in prison followed by three years of court supervision after he is released.
According to court documents, on or about Jan. 7, 2015 Mills carjacked a woman, her teenage son, and her other two young children, ages 3 and 4, at a gas station in Charlotte.
Court records said the family had stopped to refill their car when Mills approached the woman who was standing by the gas pump. He pointed a firearm at her, and demanded the car keys, which were inside the vehicle.
Mills then got inside the car to look for the keys, pointed the gun at the teenage son, and hit him in the head with the firearm.
According to court records, once the teenager was out of the vehicle Mills fired his gun and the bullet hit a nearby unoccupied vehicle, passing through a child's car seat and driver's head rest.
At that time, the teenager reached into the car, got the keys, and gave them to Mills. The teenager was able to pull the two young children out of the car before Mills could drive off with the stolen vehicle.
Court records show Mills was captured on surveillance video and was identified by an individual who knew him and recognized the red backpack Mills was carrying at the time of the carjacking. Police recovered the stolen vehicle a few days later.
Police found Mills' backpack, ammunition, and the firearm he had used in the carjacking in the stolen vehicle.
In November 2015, Mills pleaded guilty to one count of carjacking and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
The investigation was handled by the ATF and CMPD.