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Man pleads guilty to 2011 burglaries, robbery

Posted: August 27, 2013 - 11:04pm
Joseph A.S. Allen, 31, enters Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday for a change of plea hearing. Allen is charged with breaking into six homes in November and December of 2011. Police say in one of the instances, he encountered a woman at home with her two children, threatened her with a gun and used physical force to rob her.  Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Joseph A.S. Allen, 31, enters Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday for a change of plea hearing. Allen is charged with breaking into six homes in November and December of 2011. Police say in one of the instances, he encountered a woman at home with her two children, threatened her with a gun and used physical force to rob her.

A Juneau man has admitted to burglarizing several homes and robbing one home in the Mendenhall Valley nearly two years ago.

During a ‘change of plea’ hearing held Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court, 31-year-old Joseph A.S. Allen pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree burglary and one count of first-degree robbery and fourth-degree assault.

He is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Louis Menendez on Nov. 9. Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp said sentencing would be left open to the court.

Allen was arrested a day after three home invasions were reported on Dec. 26, 2011. Police said in one of the instances Allen encountered a woman at home with her two children, threatened her with a gun and used physical force to rob her, giving rise to the robbery and assault charges.

Police said Allen was already wanted at the time of the break-ins in connection to another case — a burglary that took place a few days prior on Dec. 19, 2011. Police said he stole checkbooks, a rifle, ammo and other items totaling about $3,800 from a local couple’s home. Allen has since been sentenced to serve 15 months in prison for the offense.

Since he has been incarcerated, Allen was also charged, convicted and sentenced in a separate burglary that took place in October 2011. He received 12 months for breaking into a woman’s home on Oct. 26, 2011, and stealing her purse. Prosecutors said his fingerprints were found at the scene.

Prosecutors charged Allen for the burglaries in this case in September 2012, nearly a year after the crimes took place. Prosecutors cited an ongoing investigation for the delay, saying police investigated six homes that were broken into in November and December of 2011. Pretrial litigation and representation problems also contributed to the time lapse.

The maximum possible penalty Allen could be facing is 20 years in prison for the robbery, 10 years for each of the burglaries and one year for the assault.

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

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Allen was arrested a week after three home invasions were reported on Dec. 26, 2011. He was arrested on Dec. 27, 2011, a day after the invasions were reported.

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