Man charged with string of burglaries gets 20 years

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland man authorities say led an 18-month barrage of break-ins, armed robberies, shootings and high-speed police chases has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Glen Adkins Jr., 22, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to dozens of charges including felonious assault of a police officer and aggravated robbery.

The crimes began in the fall of 2016 and escalated from car break-ins to home and garage burglaries in the neighborhoods of Old Brooklyn and Slavic Village, reported . A special police task force was created solely for investigating the spree.

Adkins often worked with his younger brothers, prosecutors said. Their cases were handled in juvenile court.

One woman told the court she and her husband slept in shifts to keep watch with a shotgun after their Old Brooklyn home was hit multiple times. She said they ultimately moved out of fear.

“Few defendants match the avalanche of crimes that Glen Adkins perpetrated upon our community,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said in a statement. “Thankfully his reign of terror has come to an end and our community is safer as a result.”

U.S. Marshals assisted Cleveland police in tracking down Adkins and his family at a motel in Independence in September 2017.

Adkins “never had a chance,” said defense attorney Morgan Caruso.

Adkins’ mother was in and out of prison when he was growing up and was addicted to heroin, said Tom Shaughnessy, another of Adkins’ attorneys. The brothers spent much of their childhood homeless, the defense team said, adding that Adkins dropped out of school in the 8th grade and began stealing to feed his siblings.

Adkins apologized to his victims and to police officers in the courtroom.

“I wasn’t in the right state of mind,” Adkins said. “I was under the influence of drugs.”

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