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Man Sentenced to State Prison for Heroin-Influenced Burglary

October 26, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jonathan Long, 215.348.6351, jrlong@buckscounty.org

A Quakertown man with a history of drug-fueled crimes was sentenced yesterday to at least three and a half years in state prison for burglarizing the home of a high-school friend’s parents.  

“There has virtually not been a time when you have not engaged in criminal behavior,” Bucks County Senior Judge Albert J. Cepparulo told the defendant, Jonathan King.

King, 27, pleaded guilty Oct. 3 to felony charges of burglary and criminal trespass, as well as several theft- and drug-related misdemeanors. He has struggled with heroin addiction for many years, and has a significant criminal history that he blames on his drug abuse.

On April 8, King broke into the home of a former high school friend in Quakertown and took several items of jewelry belonging to Lisa Jorgensen, the former friend’s mother. He was still inside when the Jorgensens’ 23-year-old daughter came home from work.

King told the young woman he was a friend of her brother’s, and then fled.

Lisa Jorgensen told Cepparulo that the crime had terrorized her daughter and “caused an adult girl to be afraid in her own home.” Jorgensen said that she, too, is now anxious when she enters the house, and is angry over the loss of items that had sentimental value to her.

King “took things that did not have substantial monetary value, but were irreplaceable,” Jorgensen said in court. “Things that had memories for me were probably melted down someplace for a couple of bucks.”

She urged Cepparulo to give King a substantial sentence that would help him to get the rehabilitation he needs.

King apologized to the Jorgensens in court.

“I struggle with a terrible drug addiction; I know that is no excuse,” he said. “The fact that I made them feel unsafe in their home is unforgivable. I can’t forgive myself.”

King’s criminal history dates to 2009, when he conspired to kidnap and rob a man who owed him money. He then had a series of theft, burglary, forgery and drug convictions, all resulting in county prison sentences or probation.

“To say that you have run the gamut of the county system would be horrible understatement,” Cepparulo said. Sending him to state prison, the judge said, would give him a better opportunity to participate in prison-run mental health and drug rehabilitation programs.

Cepparulo sentenced King to serve three and a half to 10 years in prison for the burglary conviction, followed by five years of probation for theft by unlawful taking. He also imposed two concurrent one-year probation sentences for possession of drug paraphernalia.

“I hope the sentence is sufficient to meet your needs,” the judge said.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Long and investigated by the Quakertown Police Department.

Approved for release by Jennifer Schorn, Deputy District Attorney.

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