A man will spend 17 years behind bars after breaking into a woman’s Duluth apartment earlier this year.
Victor Laquan Harris, 23, was convicted of burglary in the first degree after less than 30 minutes of deliberation by the jury, Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office spokesman John Warr said in a news release.
During the March 7 incident at the Gables Sugarloaf Apartments, the victim called police after Harris knocked on her door but hid out of view of the peephole, Warr said. She described him to police as wearing a dark hat and hoodie.
The victim returned to watching TV after making the call, according to Warr. That’s when she heard Harris coming into her apartment through a bedroom window, the news release said.
She then locked herself in her bathroom and called police again, Warr said. While hiding, she heard Harris going through her belongings and knocking her things over, the news release said.
As Harris was fleeing the scene, officers caught him outside the apartment building, Warr said.
They were able to recover some of Davis’ belongings, such as her Playstation 4, game controller and purse, according to Warr.
Harris will serve 17 years in prison and three on probation.
Warr said the jury handed down the harsh punishment because Harris was convicted of a burglary in that same apartment complex in 2014. He was still on probation in March.
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