By Charlotte Underwood / Staff Writer
A Lily man who was charged in connection with several attempted home invasions in February was found guilty Tuesday after a trial in Laurel County Circuit Court.
Jeffery S. Sasser, 48, faced several charges dating back to 2011, including first-degree robbery, receiving a stolen firearm, first-degree burglary, resisting arrest, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, theft by unlawful taking, second-degree fleeing or evading the police on foot, and two counts of being a persistent felony offender.
Tuesday’s trial related to charges including first-degree burglary, receiving stolen property and being a persistent felony offender. According to court documents, Sasser was found guilty and ordered to serve 20 years on the first-degree burglary charges and five years for receiving stolen property. The fact that Sasser is a persistent felony offender enhanced his charges by another five years for a total of 30. His official sentencing hearing is set for 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in Laurel County Circuit Court. At that time, Sasser has a pre-trial conference set for his other charges, including being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, second-degree fleeing and evading arrest, carrying a concealed and deadly weapon and another count of being a persistent felony offender.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Sasser’s arrest began with a telephone call Feb. 12.
A Brandon Mill Road resident reported an armed man attempted to invade a residence, but was not allowed to enter the home. The suspect fled on foot.
At least three more attempted home invasions were reported during the course of the day, prompting the sheriff’s department to begin a manhunt. Those attempted home invasions were at residences on Hwy. 1023 and Echo Valley Road — and, just like the first one, the residents were at home, Root said.
Deputies released a description first, but soon after had a suspect in mind — Sasser. Photos of Sasser were circulated to request the public’s help in locating the man. Sasser was then spotted on Boggs Road, off of Slate Road, by Constable Tim May and Deputy Josh Scott. When May and Scott attempted to approach Sasser, he fled on foot, according to Root. May and Scott chased him a short distance, catching him, Root said. After a “brief scuffle,” the sheriff said he was taken into custody in the woods.
A .22-caliber revolver was found concealed on the suspect, and law enforcement also recovered a Halloween mask, three knives, rope and duct tape, according to Root.
Sasser was convicted in 1997 of burglary, for which he received 10 years. In 2005, he was convicted of second-degree burglary, for which he received six years. In 2012, he was convicted of theft by unlawful taking, for which he received three years.
Receives 30 years total for burglary, receiving stolen property, PFO charges
By Charlotte Underwood / Staff Writer
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