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Burglar convicted, faces 25 years

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KENDALL Norris McKinney, a 24-year-old Caucasian from Dededo, will be sentenced in February after a Superior Court jury found him guilty of burglary and theft of property after a weeklong trial. He faces a maximum penalty of 25 years' imprisonment.

McKinney was the subject of an arrest warrant for more than a month earlier this year after he entered a home known to him in July and stole a television and laptop computer. A month later, he returned to the same home and stole a Chevy Trailblazer which was found stripped at the Okkodu pipeline about two weeks later.

During the trial, 19 witnesses took the stand and some testified that they saw McKinney driving the Trailblazer and attempting to sell its rims. The laptop and TV were never recovered.

McKinney was allegedly armed with a handgun when he invaded the house of an elderly couple on Aug. 21 on Gracia Lane in Dededo. According to the police report, the male resident was sleeping on a couch when the intruder, who had a red handkerchief covering his face, woke him up and ordered him at gunpoint to open his vault. The owner of the home did not have a vault and was unable to remove his wedding ring when ordered to do so by the intruder. The intruder then ordered the victim into the kitchen. At this juncture, the intruder grabbed the female resident’s purse from under a pillow on which she was sleeping. The resident was able to get his mobile phone, leave the residence, and call police.  When the police arrived, they observed the silhouette of a male inside the residence. McKinney was able to escape before police could apprehend him. The intruder took several items including credit cards and the key to the victim’s vehicle, a Chevy Trailblazer. 

Police investigators found out that the couple had been burglarized two days earlier and the broken door locks had yet to be fixed. During the first burglary incident, the victim’s vehicle was stolen. He was arrested Oct. 2.

“There were many obstacles in this case; but the jury was able to see that this man was responsible for these crimes and for the betrayal he inflicted on his victims, who once took him in and cared for him,” said Assistant Attorney General Christine Tenorio.

“Ultimately, we only seek to keep the streets of Guam safe. This defendant will not victimize other residents of our community,” said Assistant Attorney General Gabrielle Rossi.

McKinney will be sentenced by Judge Anita Sukola.

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