Man, 21, gets 5-year term in burglaries

November 12, 2006|By Tyrone Richardson | Tyrone Richardson,sun reporter

A 21-year-old Columbia man has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in burglaries that led to his brother's shootout with a Howard County police SWAT team in February.

After pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree burglary in August, Kennith Alonzo Jacobs was sentenced Thursday by Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney to five years in prison and three years of probation after his release, said T. Wayne Kirwan, the Howard County state's attorney's office spokesman. The prison sentence will run consecutively with an 18-month sentence Jacobs is serving on other charges in Prince George's County, Kirwan said.

On Feb. 1, police armed with a search warrant went to Jacobs' apartment in the 5900 block of Turnabout Lane to investigate a burglary involving him and his brother, Delcarlos Johnnie Jacobs, 22, according to court documents.

Police officers testified during Delcarlos Johnnie Jacobs' trial last month that they observed Kennith Alonzo Jacobs removing items from his apartment and loading them into his car as his brother stood lookout on the parking lot, armed with a semiautomatic assault rifle. Police said when a SWAT team approached Delcarlos Johnnie Jacobs, he fired a single bullet at them. Officers fired 29 rounds, but none hit either of the brothers who were then arrested, according to court documents.

Delcarlos Johnnie Jacobs was convicted of attempted second-degree murder, 14 counts of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment. He is scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 30.

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