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Mt. Vernon Man Sentenced for Armed Violence in March Home Burglary

MT. VERNON – A 39-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a Class X felony charge of armed violence.

Brian Griffin also pleaded guilty to Class 4 felony violation of an order of protection and was sentenced on that charge to concurrent 3 years in prison.

Griffin was arrested in March of this year after Mt. Vernon Police responded to a home in the 1500 block of South 12th for a report of a burglary in progress.

A resident on the phone, who was not at the home, reported surveillance cameras had been activated and a person was observed.

Officers located forced entry upon their arrival and could hear property inside the home being damaged.

As a perimeter was being established, Griffin exited the home. Officers gave him commands to surrender but he instead fled on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, Griffin was taken into custody.

A check of the home revealed several thousand dollars damage inside.

Griffin has remained in the Jefferson County Jail since his arrest with bond set at $400,000.

Per the plea agreement, charges of Class 1 felony residential burglary and Class 4 resisting police were dismissed.