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Man sentenced to life in prison in home invasions

POSTED: May 14, 2013 7:18 p.m.

A man was sentenced to life in prison without parole Tuesday after a jury convicted him on Monday of several violent felonies and property crimes, the Northeastern Judicial Circuit’s district attorney’s office said.

Charles Monroe Page was found guilty of armed robbery, three counts of burglary, aggravated assault, three counts of theft by taking (felony in two counts), theft by taking a firearm and an additional misdemeanor theft charge for a series of crimes committed in Hall County.

Page, 44, was last listed as a Gainesville resident, District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

Page had an extensive prior record, Darragh said, which included theft by receiving, loitering, theft by taking, possession of methamphetamine and three counts of armed robbery.

Those factors, he said, led to Judge Andrew Fuller’s sentence of life in prison.

“The District Attorney’s office treats home invasions as happened in the armed robbery event here very seriously. It is indeed one of (the) things citizens fear most — coming home and finding an armed intruder inside your own home. We’re grateful for the jury’s verdict and the sentence imposed by the judge holding this man responsible in a significant way,” Darragh said.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Burton and Assistant District Attorney Juliet Aldridge tried the case for the state.

Brett Mizerak, an attorney out of Walton County, represented Page. Mizerak was not available for comment by press time Tuesday.

Page’s conviction stems from a Christmas Eve armed home invasion in 2011, investigated by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators were able to link Page to a string of other burglaries, through a cellphone found on the scene, tips and a GPS monitor Page was wearing for a prior conviction in another county.

While the defendant was wanted on the Hall County charges, he committed additional home burglaries in Franklin County, Darragh said.

“Investigator Jimmy LeCroy with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office testified that the defendant admitted to burglarizing three homes in Franklin County and stealing jewelry,” he reported.

During the sentencing phase, one of the victims testified that most of the jewelry she had received from her late husband of 47 years had been taken, Darragh said.

“Unfortunately, none of the jewelry she lost has of yet been recovered,” Darragh said.


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