A 27-year-old Ridgeland man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for a burglary last year, in which he broke into the home of a 78-year-old woman.
Jurors convicted Dennis Williams of first-degree burglary after he entered a home on Brandon Cove in Ridgeland through a window at 3 a.m. Aug. 6, 2013, according to a news release from the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office.
The resident awoke to find him rummaging through her bedroom. When she turned on the light, Williams ran from the house, tripping the alarm, the release said.
A video surveillance tape from the home showed Williams looking directly into the camera. Williams was arrested after police officers spotted him in the neighborhood of the break-in three days later. He led them on a car chase before crashing on Big Estate Road in Beaufort County. He then tried to run away, but was caught.
Assistant Solicitor Alex Toporek prosecuted the case. Judge Carmen T. Mullen delivered the sentence, which by law requires Williams to serve at least 85 percent of his time before being eligible for any early release.
Williams also has a 2006 conviction in Massachusetts for cocaine trafficking.