East Naples man gets 15 years for home burglary

— An East Naples man who is a career criminal in Collier County has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison for breaking into a neighbor's house, according to sheriff's reports.

Kenneth Earl Corby, 47, 3205 Lunar St., pleaded no contest to charges of grand theft and dwelling burglary in Collier County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Corby was originally scheduled to stand trial on the charges Tuesday, but just prior to trial he accepted a plea offer from state prosecutors to resolve his case.

Circuit Judge Fred Hardt adjudicated Corby guilty of both felony charges. Under the terms of the plea deal, Judge Hardt sentenced Corby as a prison releasee reoffender to 15 years in prison on the burglary charge and to five years in prison on the grand theft charge. Both sentences are to be served at the same time.

Corby must serve 100 percent of his 15-year sentence due to his designation as a prison releasee reoffender.

Deputies say Corby broke into a neighbor's residence in the 3200 block of Lunar St. sometime from Dec. 26, 2006, to Jan. 7, 2007, and stole jewelry, prescription medication and other personal items valued at $2,090, reports said.

Further investigation by deputies turned up an eyewitness who said he spotted Corby walking around outside the victim's home around the time the burglary was reported to have occurred, reports said.

Deputies located Corby at the Collier County Jail, where he was being held on unrelated charges, in April 2007. Deputies arrested Corby after he confessed to the break-in and theft, reports said.

Corby is a documented career criminal with the Collier County Sheriff's Office. H e has an extensive criminal record in Collier dating back to 1985, reports said.

He has served seven prior terms in state prison. He was last released from prison on Aug. 6, 2005, after completing a 40-month sentence for trespassing on school grounds with a weapon. His other felony convictions include vehicle burglary, grand theft, grand theft auto, dealing in stolen property, uttering a forged instrument, and attempting to purchase a controlled substance, reports said.

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