Man pleads to breaking and entering
A man alleged to have been hooked on heroin pleaded guilty to breaking into a man’s home and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense in Orange County Superior Court.
Keenan Thompson, 23, pleaded guilty to the charges, and Assistant District Attorney Byron Beasley told Superior Court Judge Carl Fox that Thompson had a bad drug habit and had been shooting up heroin at the home of Stanley William Washburn.
When Washburn’s neighbor went out of town, Thompson and Washburn entered the neighbor’s house twice and stole a safe, firearms, cash and a four-wheeler with a total value of $12,000.
Thompson also stole his own sister’s video gaming system and sold it for $37, Beasley said.
Thompson did not have much of a criminal history at the time he committed the crimes, but Washburn did, and he is currently serving a minimum sentence of seven years in prison for being a habitual felon in connection with the break-in, Beasley said.
As part of a plea agreement, Fox sentenced Thompson to a total of 12 to 34 months in prison, but he suspended the sentence on supervised probation.
Because Washburn is in prison and won’t be able to help pay reimbursement to the victim, it is likely that Thompson will be responsible for paying back the $12,000, so Fox placed Thompson on probation for five years to give him time to pay the restitution.
Also as part of his probation, Thompson must be screened for drug court and attend that program if eligible or enroll in another drug treatment program.
Fox told Thompson that he’s seeing see more and more cases involving heroin.
Fox called heroin “sweet arsenic,” and told Thompson it could kill him.
Fox also asked Thompson if he thought it would be more effective to put anti-drug advertisements on TV that spelled out all the disastrous things that could happen when someone becomes addicted to heroin rather than a commercial that shows a fried egg and says, “This is your brain on drugs.”
“Heroin is making a comeback because it is cheaper than cocaine,” Fox said.