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DA Sini: Man Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For 2016 Armed Burglary Of Occupied Home In Center Moriches

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Defendant and Two Co-Conspirators Used Duct Tape to Restrain Family Members, Stole Jewelry and Electronics.

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Riverhead, NY - July 12, 2018 - Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced that a Brooklyn man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for committing an armed burglary of an occupied Center Moriches home in 2016. The defendant and his two co-conspirators used duct tape to restrain three occupants of the home and threatened them using a firearm and baseball bats.
 
“Our homes are supposed to be the places where we feel most safe, but that feeling was stripped away from the victims when the three defendants terrorized and stole from them in their own house,” District Attorney Sini said. “This individual deserved the maximum sentence he received today for the depravity of his crimes. I’d like to thank and commend Assistant District Attorneys James Chalifoux and Anthony Russolello who prosecuted this case for securing convictions against all three perpetrators and delivering justice on behalf of the victims.”
 
Alexander Vaughn, 30, was convicted by a jury of Burglary in the First Degree on June 12, 2018. He was sentenced today by Suffolk County Acting Supreme Court Justice Mark Cohen to the maximum sentence of 25 years in prison with five years of post-release supervision.
 
In a prepared statement read by prosecutors at the sentencing, one of the victims said, “It has been a year and a half, and we still jump when we hear the alarm chime signaling a door opened in our home. However, knowing that the three defendants will not be able to do this to anyone else eases our minds.”
 
At approximately 10:10 p.m. on November 16, 2016, Vaughn; Bidi George, 21, of Brooklyn; and Akim Adams, 27, of Brooklyn, entered the victims’ residence through an unlocked garage connected to the house. Vaughn was armed with a handgun and George and Adams were armed with baseball bats.
 
Once inside, at Vaughn’s direction, George bound three occupants of the home, one of whom was 14 years old, to chairs and gagged them with duct tape.
 
Three children between the ages of nine and 12 years old were also in the residence at the time of the incident. Two of the children heard the defendants enter the residence and hid in the attic of the house for the duration of the burglary.
 
Vaughn, George and Adams stole several items from the victims’ residence, including jewelry, cash, and a cell phone.
 
A description of the suspects was broadcast over the Suffolk County Police Department’s radio system. Officers from the Third Precinct apprehended the three defendants at approximately 11:22 p.m. as they were driving on the Southern State Parkway in Bay Shore in a 2016 Hyundai sedan. Vaughn was driving the vehicle with George and Adams as passengers. The three defendants were found in possession of several of the items stolen from the residence.
 
George was convicted by a jury of Burglary in the First Degree on November 2, 2017. He was sentenced by Judge Cohen to the maximum of 25 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision on May 3, 2018.
 
Adams pleaded guilty to Burglary in the First Degree on May 17, 2018. He was sentenced by Judge Cohen to 17 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision on June 18, 2018.
 
This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys James Chalifoux, Deputy Bureau Chief of the Major Crime Bureau, and Anthony Russolello, of the Major Crime Bureau.