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Serial burglars found guilty; to be sentenced in March

District Attorney Jan Scully announced that a jury found Fred Gore and Brandon Hunter guilty of 11 total felonies related to a series of residential burglaries.

Hunter was convicted of three first degree residential burglaries that involved two other subjects. In all three instances, one subject knocked on the door numerous times. When the victims didn’t answer, they kicked in the front door and entered the homes. Items stolen included TV’s, laptops, and jewelry.

Some of the stolen jewelry were family treasures and some had been passed down from generation to generation. These items are not replaceable and have not been recovered. In two of the burglaries, there were female victims at home. The third victim is a father of a special needs child who requires a consistent daily routine.

Gore was convicted of five felonies of receiving stolen property. Previously, Hunter garnered media attention when he escaped from the Sacramento Superior Courthouse after learning he was going to be arrested in February 2008. Two Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies were injured while attempting to apprehend him.

Deputy District Attorney Deborah Lobre states, “The jury’s verdict holds repeat criminals accountable for violating their victims, some of whom no longer feel safe in their own homes. Though you can not place a dollar amount on the trauma and loss of family valuables suffered by the victims, justice will be served in this case.”

Sentencing is scheduled for March 8, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in Department 20 before the Honorable Michael W. Sweet.

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