Ridgeland man gets 20 years for burglary
RIDGELAND – A 27-year-old Ridgeland man was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 for a 2013 burglary.
Following one-day of testimony, jurors convicted Dennis Williams of first-degree burglary for breaking into a Brandon Cove home at 3 a.m. on August 6, 2013.
A 78-year-old woman awoke to find a man rummaging around her bedroom. When she flipped on the light, the suspect -- who had gained entry through a window -- ran out of the house, tripping the alarm system.
Police retrieved video surveillance tape from the residence that clearly showed Williams at the house. At one point, he looked directly into the camera.
Williams was arrested after police officers spotted him in the neighborhood of the break-in on August 9, 2013. A vehicle chase ensued. Williams, who was driving the car, eventually crashed on Big Estates Road in Beaufort County. He tried to run from the scene, but was apprehended.
“No one deserves to have the safety of their home violated,” said assistant solicitor Alex Toporek, who prosecuted the case. “We are glad justice was served.”
Williams has a 2006 Massachusetts conviction for cocaine trafficking.
Judge Carmen T. Mullen handed down the sentence, which by law requires Williams to serve at least 85 percent of it before being eligible for any sort of early release.