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Teen burglar gets seven years

Christina Proctor

An 18-year-old was sentenced Thursday to seven years and four months in a California state prison for his part in a string of home burglaries.

Roderick J. Emery told the court he and his accomplice Noah Rogers, 22, whom he met in a Minnesota state prison, were trying to get to Oregon and looking for money to buy gas when they broke into several South Lake Tahoe homes. The cars they were convicted of stealing had no gas.

“I had no money and I was 2,000 miles away from home,” Emery said in a statement to probation about why he committed the crimes.

Emery pleaded guilty to seven felonies, including two residential burglaries in which he was armed with a loaded gun.

“I feel that I deserve the punishment I am receiving and I am truly sorry for hurting anyone emotionally or otherwise,” Emery said. “I know that I’m going to make a change in my life for the better.”

El Dorado County prosecutors argued for more than probation’s recommended six-year prison time pointing out Emery’s significant prior history and that the fact that he chose to arm himself. Judge Jerald Lasarow agreed saying that he believed the criminal behavior would have continued during their journey to Oregon if they hadn’t been caught.

“I see that you have indicated you wanted to get this behind you and possibly reunite with your family,” Judge Lasarow said to Emery. “It’s only you who can make something out of your life.”

Rogers was sentenced earlier this month to six years in state prison.

Both were caught June 15 inside a house on the 700 block of Colorado Court after neighbors called police to report the sound of breaking glass. Investigators linked the two with car thefts, vehicle break-ins, and two other residential burglaries in South Lake Tahoe dating back to the beginning of June.

Investigators believe the two were on a cross-country crime spree starting after their release from prison in Minnesota. Emery was serving time for a felony conviction in 1996 for making terrorist threats and escaping from prison in 1997.

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