A convicted felon who took advantage of a friend’s incarceration to burglarize a Richland home was sentenced to nearly six years in prison.
Casey A. Ledbury, 26, pleaded guilty in Benton County Superior Court to burglary, theft of a gun and illegal gun possession.
The burglary charge includes the allegation that Ledbury or an accomplice were armed with a gun at the time.
Court documents show that two people who live at a Thayer Drive home were out of town in late March, and a man who was allowed to stay there invited Ledbury to spend the night.
However, the man was arrested on a warrant and taken to jail.
Ledbury told Richland police he acted as a lookout while someone named Randy went into the home and took several items, documents said. Guns were partially visible in a bag as Randy left, Ledbury claimed.
The residents returned home days later and called police after discovering that electronics, jewelry and two gun missing.
Police identified Ledbury as a suspect. He was eventually found in a bathroom closet inside a church, documents said.
When Ledbury was arrested, he was wearing a football jersey reported stolen in the burglary. He told police where they could find a Savage 7mm rifle, but a .22 mm rifle was not recovered.
A separate case for attempting to elude police was dismissed as part of this plea agreement.
Ledbury’s criminal history includes convictions for drug possession, trafficking in stolen property, possessing a stolen car and theft.
No person named Randy has been identified or arrested.