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PA man convicted on burglary charge

July 26th, 2013 - 6:07pm

(Port Angeles) -- It took a Clallam County jury barely an hour to convict 43-year-old Joseph Richard Hamner of Residential Burglary Thursday.

Hamner was seen by a neighbor early Memorial Day morning kicking in the back door of the attached garage of a Port Angeles residence.

While the neighbor called 9-1-1, officers arrived and at gunpoint arrested Hamner inside the garage.

Hamner had a pry bar, pliers and a folding knife. An attempt had been made to pry open an interior door leading into the kitchen, according to testimony in court.

Prosecutor Deb Kelly says neighbors watching out for neighbors, with a quick police response, resulted in this burglar being caught in the act.

Hamner told the jury he was homeless and looking for a place to sleep.

Kelly says because of multiple prior felony convictions for burglary, as well as assault, stolen property, firearms, and eluding police, Hamner should receive 63 to 84 months in prison at sentencing on August 7th.

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