The day before Anthony Kimmons was due to be sentenced for two home invasion armed robberies of the same elderly man, he was charged with two additional felonies.
Kimmons allegedly pushed a note under his cell door to summon a jailer, and then threw a urine-soaked rag at the man when he appeared.
“You still can’t control your behavior. It’s amazing to me,” said Judge Mary K. Wagner at Kimmons’ sentencing for the home invasions and another burglary.
Kimmons, 20, admitted that he had terrorized a 78-year-old neighbor on two different occasions.
On July 18, 2017, the elderly man was in his home in the 6300 block of 12th Avenue when his electricity went out. The man went into his basement to check his fuse box, and while there was confronted by a masked man with a handgun who tied up the man up and burglarized the house, before untying him and leaving him on a bed, saying he should count to 60 before getting up.
On Aug. 1, 2017, the elderly man was working in his yard when he was again confronted by a masked, armed man who brought him into the house, tied him to a chair and again burglarized the house. This time, the man left him tied to a chair in a small utility room, which he also barricaded. It took the elderly man two hours to free himself.
Kimmons, who was the 78-year-old man’s neighbor, was linked to the home invasion by DNA evidence, and then confessed to police, telling a detective he felt “exhilarated” by the crime.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery by use of force. In a separate case, Kimmons pleaded guilty to burglary for breaking into a family friend’s home.
“I don’t think you will find a more sadistic, evil kind of offense,” said Assistant District Attorney Jessica Krejcarek of the robberies of the elderly man.
‘Dumbfounded’ by actions
Kimmons apologized for his actions, saying he had fallen into a bad lifestyle and was influenced by addiction to drugs. He said he was “dumbfounded” by his actions, saying they did not reflect his character.
“I wish the victim was here because I would like to apologize to him. I would also like to apologize to my mom and dad, who are sitting behind me, because they didn’t raise me this way,” he said. “I take full responsibility for my actions, as the DA said, they were inexcusable.”
Wagner said Kimmons’ decision to throw a urine-soaked rag at a jailer this week belied his statements about taking responsibility for his actions.
She said the 78-year-old man was so shaken by the home invasions that he sold his house, no longer feeling safe there.
“He had to flee his own neighborhood,” she said.
Wagner sentenced Kimmons to 20 years in prison, followed by 14 years of extended supervision.
She told Kimmons she hoped that he would change. “I hope you do. I hope you can,” she said.