LIMA — Two victims of a woman’s burglary spree told her how it affected their lives, including making them feel less safe.
One even told Mackenzie Basham she was forgiven.
The 20-year-old Basham apologized for breaking into their homes and stealing their belongings during a hearing in which she was sentenced to 14 years in prison on eight counts of burglary.
“I hate myself for it and I don’t know why I would do something like that. I hope I didn’t affect somebody’s life long-term,” she said.
She blamed the burglary spree on drugs and being selfish. She said she didn’t consider the feelings of the people whose homes she broke into or how it would affect them.
Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Terri Kohlrieser said Basham, and others, broke down the doors of eight homes to get inside. Homes were ransacked and valuables stolen, taken to pawn shops and sold.
“Your home is supposed to be your safe haven. A place where you feel most comfortable. They don’t feel safe in their own homes, anymore,” Kohlrieser said.
Kohlrieser said it was not a one-time mistake.
“These were calculated decisions to break into home after home after home,” Kohlrieser said.
Basham said she had a drug problem and hung around with the wrong people.
A couple of members of Basham’s family spoke saying she was a good person who had some problems but was trying. They said she has a young child but took the time to get her GED diploma. They also asked for mercy.
Basham was ordered to pay $9,570 in restitution.
The burglaries took place over a weeklong period in April.