Life in prison for convicted armed burglar


Published: Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.

A 28-year-old Gainesville man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for his role in an armed burglary of a home on July 7, 2012, authorities said Monday.

Kelvin Chapman was sentenced by Circuit Judge Mark M. Mosely, said Darry Lloyd, spokesman for the Eighth Circuit State Attorney’s Office.

Chapman and alleged accomplices Keenan Jackson, 21, Keith Hopkins, 42, and Johnnie Nobles, 18, went to a house in the 1900 block of Southwest 14th Terrace after midnight where two people were sleeping, according to a police report.

One of the four men threw a rock through a glass door in the house and Hopkins yelled inside, “Give me the money,” the report said.

Chapman held a gun through the broken glass, according to a previous story by The Sun. Hopkins told the two to “get up (expletive) or I'll shoot you ... give me the money,” the police report said.

Chapman fired the gun into the room toward the victims, the report said. Jackson was reportedly the getaway driver

After their arrests, each defendant gave testimony that both corroborated and conflicted with the others. Hopkins is awaiting trial, while Nobles and Jackson are scheduled for sentencing on June 19.

Chapman’s life sentence carries no possibility of parole because at the time of the armed burglary he was a Prison Releasee Reoffender, meaning he committed a specified crime within three years of being released from prison.

In 2010, Chapman was sentenced to prison on a felony charge of fleeing the scene and attempting to elude law enforcement and felony possession of marijuana. His criminal history dates to 1999 and includes charges of narcotics possession, possession of a firearm at school, burglary and criminal mischief.

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