A gang member received a 21-year prison sentence Thursday for committing two 2014 home invasions against the same victim at two separate residences.
Prosecutors convicted Kenneth Demarcus Williams, 27, of aggravated burglary, facilitation of aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony and unlawful possession of a firearm during a July trial.
Williams and other co-defendants broke a window in the bathroom of a woman’s house and entered the house to steal a tablet on June 13, 2014.
The woman arrived at home while the burglary was in process, which caused the defendant to flee the scene.
The woman reported the break-in to law enforcement, and attended court to pursue the case, according to the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office. She also moved to a different residence where she installed a security system.
A Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a 911 call of a home invasion at the woman’s new residence on Nov. 2, 2014. The woman said her alarm system went off when Williams and two other men broke open the back door of her apartment. A 1-year-old child was also inside the home.
The men entered the apartment with one person pointing a handgun up to the stairwell towards the woman.
The woman fired her own handgun towards the intruders fearing for her safety and her child’s, according to the District Attorney General’s Office.
Williams and the other two men fled the apartment, and were recorded by the alarm system’s cameras.
(© 2016 WBIR)