Sacto 9-1-1
November 5, 2012
Man with prior convictions sentenced for February burglary

A 61-year-old man with convictions for previous crimes has been sentenced to 40 years to life in state prison for a February robbery and residential burglary.

A Sacramento County jury in August convicted Jonathan Mayhew Watson of the robbery and burglary. The court further found the Watson had five previous convictions for crimes including residential burglary, attempted residential burglary, forcible rape and rape by threat, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. He was sentenced by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ernest Sawtelle.

On the evening of Feb. 28, the victim returned home to find that Watson had broken into her apartment and was rifling through her belongings, authorities said. The woman screamed for help and Watson fled from the residence.

When the victim's neighbors confronted Watson, he brandished a knife that he had hidden in his jacket and escaped.

Sacramento police officers located Watson at a nearby park shortly after the burglary and found many of the victim's personal items in his pockets.

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