Criminals do what they do because that's their nature. Once bad, there's hardly a chance they can be good.
Jeffrey L. Patton, 43, said, "I've been scared to death of this day right here," in reference to being put on trial for two unrelated crimes. So Patton pleaded guilty to the two crimes he was charged with and got four years in prison.
The two crimes: Patton had burglarized a woman's residence outside the town of Willard on March 11, 2013 while she was asleep. He was also convicted of tampering in an unrelated crime.
As for the burglary, Patton and his accomplice had been rummaging through a drawer of jewelry when the woman awakened. They fled after she yelled at them.
At first, Patton denied involvement in either crime and even said, "I never burglarized a home in my life." Patton's lawyer, David Longo, believes that his client was not the primary offender. Longo says that Patton insisted that the burglary wasn't even his idea.
The way Patton and his accomplice were pursued by authorities sounds like a scene from a cops-and-robbers movie. They fled into a hotel. Authorities surrounded most of the building, including 17 sheriff's deputies. But the burglars escaped through an emergency exit. Eventually the pair was caught.
As for the tampering situation, evidenced showed that Patton had hidden a syringe in the back seat of his sister's car where he was a passenger. His DNA was present on the drug paraphernalia, but the defendant was angered at the prosecutor's accusation. "I don't tamper with evidence," insisted Patton.
Can you imagine waking to two men in your bedroom? That could have been much worse.
- Get a home security system. A home security system sends off a piercing alarm and a monitored system alerts the police to intruders.
- Lock and fortify your doors and windows.
- Consider a protection dog as another layer of security.