Burglar gets four years for stealing CDs, change

Published 11:06 am Friday, September 9, 2011

COURTLAND—A Franklin gang member will serve four years in prison for stealing compact discs and change during two 2010 burglaries.

Kenaz Lane, who prosecutors said admitted to being a member of the Bloods since 2006, was sentenced by Judge Carl Eason Thursday in Southampton County Circuit Court for burglaries that occurred on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 in Franklin.

“I want everyone to know that if you break in to someone else’s home, you will spend time in the penitentiary,” Eason told the 20-year-old.

Before the sentence was handed down, Lane said he was sorry for what he did.

“I apologize to the court and to the victims,” he said.

Lane faced a maximum five years and four months.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Toni Duncan asked Eason to consider exceeding state guidelines given the defendant’s juvenile criminal history, which includes grand larceny and firing a gun into a building. Lane had been released from the Beaumont Juvenile Correction Center in May 2010.

“His criminal history reflects that the high end of the guidelines are necessary to help send a message to the community that if you break into someone else’s home, you will be incarcerated,” Duncan told the judge.

Lane had a sock and a spark plug when he was apprehended almost a month after the break-ins. He used the sock as a glove and spark plug to break a window.

Jennifer Walsh, Lane’s attorney, asked the judge for a lighter sentence because Lane took responsibility by confessing to police and riding around with them to describe what he did. He also pleaded guilty, saving the time and money to prosecute the case.

Restitution of $248 also was ordered.