Man sentenced to life without parole following burglary

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A 44-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison without parole after authorities say he broke into a home after he was recently released from prison.

On Tuesday, a Charleston County jury found Otis Robinson guilty of first-degree burglary. Following the guilty verdict, Robinson was sentenced to life without parole.

Authorities say Robinson had recently completed an 8 year sentence for burglary when he was arrested for burglarizing a home in 2011. According to court officials, Robinson had a criminal history spanning over 25 years.

On May 31, 2011, a man entered his West Ashley home and found Robinson ransacking his home.

Authorities say Robinson had shattered a rear window to gain entry to the home and was in the middle of looking for loot when the victim arrived and caught Robinson in the middle of the act.

Robinson then fled on foot, but Charleston police officers caught him a few blocks away. Robinson had some of the victim's property on him when he was arrested.

In addition, Robinson's DNA was found in the victim's home. Robinson also left a fingerprint outside the shattered window.

"Charleston Police Department's quick response and thorough investigation helped us finally bring this lifelong criminal to justice," said Assistant Solicitor Stephanie Linder.

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