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Man pleads guilty to burglary

Posted: September 25, 2012 - 5:07pm  |  Updated: September 26, 2012 - 12:01am
Keoki C. Cunningham, 37, appears in Juneau Superior Court on Monday for a change of plea hearing. Cunningham admitted to burglarizing two businesses in Juneau in August of 2011.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Keoki C. Cunningham, 37, appears in Juneau Superior Court on Monday for a change of plea hearing. Cunningham admitted to burglarizing two businesses in Juneau in August of 2011.

A 37-year-old man accused of burglarizing two businesses in Juneau last year has been convicted.

Keoki C. Cunningham, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree burglary, a felony, Monday in Juneau Superior Court.

A plea deal calls for him to serve three years in prison for the crime, plus pay restitution for stolen and damaged property.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped a second count of the same charge, second-degree burglary, which is a class ‘C’ felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Prosecutors said Cunningham broke into and stole from Vanpool Painting and Space Unlimited, Inc. property in the Mendenhall Valley last August, but left blood behind at the scenes. The blood matched Cunningham’s DNA profile in a state/national database, which led to the charges, according to an affidavit.

He was indicted by a Juneau grand jury earlier this month on the two counts, and he originally pleaded not guilty last Monday.

Judge Philip Pallenberg said he will decided whether to accept the agreement during a Nov. 14 sentencing hearing.

Assistant District Attorney Amy Williams noted in court that Cunningham has two prior felony convictions in Washington — a burglary in 1996 and possession of stolen property in 1998 — which places him in the presumptive three-to-five year presumptive sentencing range.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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