August 10, 2012
An 18-year-old man from Camarillo has been found guilty of first-degree residential burglary and two counts of misdemeanor assault. According to The Ventura County Star, the defendant will be sentenced on September 14 for the crimes that occurred in 2009.
Reports indicate that the defendant broke into a Camarillo house and both committed sexual assault against and stabbed a 17-year-old boy with a machete who was living there. Reportedly, the defendant was living behind the burglarized house with his grandfather and admitted to police that he burglarized the residence and had a machete. The 18-year-old's public defender stated that the sex that occurred was consensual, that there were others in the house at the time of the burglary, and that it could not be proven that the machete was used.
The convicted crimes were less than what was originally being sought by the prosecution, which included assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury inflicted.
Under California Penal Code Section 460, burglary (the entering of any building with the intent to commit any felony) of an inhabited dwelling place, such as a house, is considered a first degree felony, while all others are second degree crimes. First degree burglary is punishable by two, four, or six years in state prison, and second degree is punishable by up to three years in county jail.
Camarillo burglary defense lawyer Daniel E. Kann is dedicated to protecting the rights of all southern California citizens in burglary cases and providing them with the representation they need to face tenacious prosecution. Call The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann today at (805) 290-4932 for a free consultation on your case.