Sunday, July 28, 2013

Tennessee: Defendants in Home Invasion, Robbery and Kidnapping Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

According to The Jackson Sun, defendants Desmond Anderson, 20, and Camillia Harrison, 25, both of Jackson, have been sentenced to 20 years in prison for their involvement in a 2012 home invasion robbery and kidnapping of a woman and her 3-month-old child, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department.

Anderson and Harrison were found guilty by a Madison County jury on June 4. After a sentencing hearing Friday in Madison County Circuit Court, Division II, the judge sentenced Anderson to 20 years with no parole for especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, according to the release.

Harrison was sentenced to 20 years for aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, police said. She must serve 85% of her sentence before she will be eligible for parole. 

Harrison had previously been convicted in 2008, for attempted aggravated robbery in Jackson, resulting in her being placed on eight years’ probation. After the 2012 home invasion, Harrison’s probation was revoked, sending her to prison. Harrison will begin serving her 20-year sentence after she finishes the remaining four-year sentence for the 2008 conviction.

COMMENT: A combination of home invasion, armed robbery and kidnapping are among one of the fastest growing collective crimes in the US today.

As a result, would-be victims of home invasion are urged to do the following to prevent home invasion and other simultaneous crimes: 

1. Keep in mind that many home invasions begin when potential targets are followed home from another place. Thus, it is essential that residents make it a practice to regularly use their rear and side mirrors to determine if they are being followed; 

If would-be targets believe they ARE being followed do NOT drive home, but drive to the nearest police station and report that you believe you're being followed; 

2. If you drive a luxury vehicle you may want to downsize, as such vehicles can often be a clue that you live in a home worthy of a home invasion, robbery and potential kidnapping; 

3. Never open an exterior door to your home unless you are absolutely sure that the person on the other side of the door does not pose a threat to you; 

4. All of your exterior doors should be of solid construction; 

5. If you don't have an optical viewer installed on your exterior doors, install them asap; 

6. If you are in your home, you may wish to consider purchasing a legal firearm that you're capable of proficiently handling in the event you are targeted by home intruders; 

NOTE: If you have a criminal record for domestic violence or you have a history of mental disease, you may not be eligible to legally purchase a long gun (i.e., a shotgun) or handgun. NEVER purchase an illegal firearm. If you do, you have committed a felony; 

NOTE: THE RIFLEMAN, one of the many publications produced by the National Rifle Association (NRA) has a monthly column entitled "The Armed Citizen," which carries a number of actual events where armed citizens have defend their lives or those of others; 

7. If you do not know the criminal threat in your neighborhood, I would strongly suggest that you go to: http://www.neighborhoodscout.com and type in your address and zip-code. You'll then be given your risk of violent and property crime; 

8. Ideally, you should always park your vehicle(s) in a locked enclosure. If you don't have a locked garage you risk of auto theft is tripled; 

9. Consider establishing a "safe room" in your home to which you can seek refuge in the event of a home invasion. This "safe room" should have a single-cylinder deadbolt lock on the inside and be equipped with horizontal barricade bars top and bottom; 

This "safe room" is where all members of your family should seek refuge in a home invasion or a threat against your lives. You must practice in getting all of your family members into the "safe room" from the front door in an emergency. Second counts, so try to get everyone in the "safe room" within 15 seconds; 

This "safe room" will give you time to react with deadly force if have a legal firearm and your lives are endangered; and 

10. Contained in your "safe room" should be the following: (1) a mobile phone on a charger; (2) Call 9-1-1 and advise the dispatcher that people have broken into your home; (3) Use your firearm only if you or your family believe that your life is endangered. If you have one (a shotgun is preferably, 20 gauge for women); and (4) a portable fire escape ladder to escape if you must.