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Man pleads guilty, is sentenced in burglary

February 10, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

A 23-year-old man pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to third-degree burglary.

Michael Anthony Embrey's former girlfriend awoke in her home one night in October 2007 to find Embrey kissing her cheek, Assistant State's Attorney John Dunlap said Thursday morning during his statement of facts.

Embrey also had ripped up pictures of the woman that she had displayed in her home, Dunlap said.

Embrey had entered the woman's home through a second-floor window, Dunlap said.

The burglary came a little more than a week after Embrey and the woman broke off their relationship, Dunlap said.

The victim was in court Thursday with her father.

If Embrey were released from jail, she would fear for her life, the victim told Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. Her young son, who is disabled, was in the bed with her when she awoke to find Embrey in her home, she said.

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Since his incarceration at the Washington County Detention Center, Embrey has taken anger-management classes, said Assistant Public Defender Charles B. Bailey, who asked the judge to sentence Embrey to time served.

Embrey told Long he had been looking for help when he went to the woman's house, "not to commit any crime," he said.

Long said it was clear that Embrey held a lot of anger about the ending of his relationship with the victim.

"You are a danger," Long said.

Long sentenced Embrey to 10 years in prison, with all but three years suspended, and credit for time served. Long said his sentence took into account a previous reckless endangerment charge on Embrey's record. He also ordered Embrey to avoid all contact with the victim.

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