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Backyard Robber Nabbed by Homeowner Gets 4 to 8 Years in Prison

October 25, 2016



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Keightly, 215.348.6342, dakeightly@buckscounty.org

A Bensalem man whose attempt to burglarize a backyard shed ended in gunfire was sentenced yesterday to serve four to eight years in state prison.

Terence Dais Jr., 26, was arrested on Oct. 15, 2015, after a homeowner wrestled him to the ground behind the victim's home on Bancroft Avenue in Bristol Township.

The homeowner grabbed the fleeing Dais as he tried to scale a privacy fence. That prompted Dais’ then-girlfriend, Kayla Dubois, to fire several gunshots from the other side of the fence before escaping. No one was hit by the bullets.

Investigators later identified Dubois, 22, of Bristol, by monitoring phone calls between her and Dais. She was arrested in late December and has been in prison ever since.

Dubois was sentenced by Judge Diane E. Gibbons to serve an additional 8 to 23 months in the Bucks County Correctional Facility for her role.

“You’re lucky to be alive,” Gibbons told her, saying that the homeowner or police could have shot her justifiably.

As part of a plea agreement, Dubois waived her right to credit for the 10 months she already had served. Her total time behind bars therefore will be 18 to 23 months.

The attempted robbery was Dais’ second attempt to steal an all-terrain vehicle from the storage shed. On Oct. 14, he had entered the same back yard and had broken the lock on the shed, but fled when an automatic security light came on.

He returned the next morning and broke into the same shed. Alerted by the noise behind his house, the homeowner looked outside, saw Dais entering the shed and hurried out to confront him.

The victim suffered minor injuries to his arms and legs as he pulled Dais off of the six-foot fence and subdued him. Dubois fired the shots during the struggle in an unsuccessful effort to get the homeowner to release Dais.

The victim's wife witnessed the episode and called police, who recovered three shell casings and one spent round behind the house.

Dais had a significant criminal record and said he was addicted to drugs at the time of the crime. He regretted putting others in danger, said his attorney, Blake Jackman.

Dubois, who had no prior criminal history as an adult, had been led astray in part by her relationship with Dais, said her attorney, Timothy Barton.

“Her father mentioned to me that going to jail may have saved her life,” Barton told Gibbons. “She stands before you as a different person.”

As part of the plea agreement, Dais pleaded guilty to robbery, burglary, attempted theft and several lesser charges, and prosecutors dropped a charge of aggravated assault.

In addition to the prison time, Gibbons sentenced Dais to seven years of probation and Dubois to five years of probation for receiving stolen property.  

The case was investigated by Bristol Township Detective Doug Slemmer and prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney David Keightly Jr.

Approved for release by Matthew D. Weintraub, District Attorney.

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