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Screven inmates foiled in burglary

Sheriff: Men broke into house while on work detail

    Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile said two Screven prison inmates broke into a Duck Pond Road home Wednesday morning while on a work detail. After surprising a woman inside the home, they fled back to the prison van, but their crime was discovered after the woman reported the incident, Kile said.
    Screven County Sheriff’s Inv. Bill Crockett said Randy Williams and Christopher Bryer admitted having entered the home on Tuesday, as well, when no one was home.
    Both Williams, 49, Milledgeville, and Bryer, 39, Columbus, were charged with two counts each of burglary, he said.
    The men were on a work detail Wednesday, trimming trees on Duck Pond Road about a mile from the Savannah River when a prison employee directed them to place some signs on the road. Around 10 a.m., the men entered the same home they broke into the day before, Crockett said.
    “They went back down the road, which was around a curve, and entered the home where there were no cars, and they suspected no one was home,” he said.
    The men were “more than likely just looking for cash,” Kile said.
    Crockett said that they walked in on a woman who was asleep, at which time she awoke, and the inmates ran.
    “They returned to the group and got on the truck as if nothing had happened,” Kile said.
    The woman called in the incident and Deputy Richard Knoles responded. She was not harmed and nothing appeared to be missing, Crockett said. Williams and Bryer later admitted to entering the home on Tuesday, too.
    Williams is currently serving a 10-year sentence for conviction of several crimes, including burglary, forgery, possession of cocaine, theft by receiving and possession of firearm by a convicted felon, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website. He was expected to be released on or before Dec. 2011, but the burglary charges Wednesday certainly would add time to his sentence, Kile said.
    Crockett said Bryer  is currently serving a 10-year sentence, with three years to serve, for conviction of 1st degree arson, burglary, theft by takin, and possession of burglary tools. According to the Ga. Dept. of Corrections, he was expected to be released on or before Dec. 2012, but he would have prison time added for the most recent charges, if convicted, Kile said.
    "Now, they will both be serving a much longer sentence,”  Kile said. “They will probably get five years tacked onto their sentence, maybe 10 years because it was an occupied dwelling.”
    They were not charged with an attempt to escape because when they had the chance, they did not, he said.

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