An Augusta man with a history of theft and breaking into homes pleaded guilty Monday to charges that included home invasion in which an older man was severely beaten.
In all, Gerry M. Haynes, 39, pleaded in Richmond County Superior Court to home invasion, aggravated assault, two counts of burglary, two counts of entering an automobile with intent to commit a crime and two counts of financial transaction card theft.
In exchange for his plea, other charges of arson, theft, burglary and entering an automobile with intent to commit a crime were dismissed. Judge J. Wade Padgett accepted the negotiated sentence of 25 years in prison followed by 15 years on probation.
The crimes took place in June 2016. The most serious was the break-in of Thomas Crenshaw’s home on Morningside Drive. While Crenshaw was in the early stage of Alzheimer’s Disease, he was able to work and live on his own, said District Attorney Natalie Paine. After the attack, the 65-year-old victim was unable to live on his own and has since moved into a care home.
Haynes has a number of prior offenses, including a 2011 theft for which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison; two cases in 2010 – two counts burglary and escape; a 2009 burglary; a 2003 theft; and a 2000 theft.
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