A Warner Robins man received an effective sentence of life plus 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to armed robbery, kidnapping and theft by taking in connection with two home invasions of elderly residents in the summer of 2011.
Kirk Jaburee Solomon, 30, was previously sentenced in October to 100 years in prison for six burglaries committed in 2005 after his probation on first offender status was revoked with the 2011 charges.
The current and new sentence, both rendered by Houston County Superior Court Judge George F. Nunn, will run concurrently, according to a Thursday news release from the Houston County District Attorney’s Office.
Solomon was captured by Warner Robins police officers and Houston County sheriff’s deputies about 30 minutes after an Aug. 25 home invasion on Holly Street in Warner Robins in which a 76-year-old victim was bound by her hands and feet with a telephone wire.
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The other case Solomon entered a plea in Thursday was in connection to the Aug. 16 home invasion on Lake Placid Drive in Bonaire.
While robbing a 68-year-old woman, Solomon told her “that if she called police, he would come back and kill her,” the grand jury indictment stated. Solomon also “isolated and concealed her in a closet,” the indictment stated. He also stole a 1998 Buick Park Avenue from the residence.
“Any home invasion is a frightening violation of a person’s safety and well being,” District Attorney George Hartwig said in a news release. “But to compound it with the violence that Solomon used is inexcusable.
“To rob a person at gunpoint in his own home and then tie him up and force him into a closet is an especially heinous act that warrants the stiffest punishment possible.”
Solomon was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine as well as $2,000 in restitution to the victims, the news release stated.
Multiple other charges lodged against Solomon for similar crimes against elderly in 2011 were dismissed as part of the plea agreement, said Robert E. Surrency, an assistant public defender representing Solomon. He said the plea was reached with agreement of the victims in the case.
“I think it is a terrible tragedy all around the block,” Surrency said. “The resolution was fair.”
On May 19, 2005, Solomon pleaded guilty to six counts of burglary. He was sentenced under Georgia’s First Offender Act and received probation. Had Solomon successfully completed his 2005 sentence, he would not have had a felony conviction on his record.
Even with the lengthy prison sentence, Solomon is expected to become eligible for parole after serving 30 years, Surrency said.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.