A 28-year-old was sentenced for burglary and carjacking a homeowner's car when she returned home during the burglary, according to United States District Judge William C. O'Kelley.
Investigators said in March, Rodolfo Esquivel, 28, burglarized a home on McEver Road in Flowery Branch.
According to United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, Esquivel was planning to commit a daytime burglary and was looking for houses where the owners were not at home. While Esquivel broke into the house and gathered items to steal, his accomplice waited outside in the car.
Police said the woman who lived in the home returned during the burglary. His accomplice left the scene, leaving Esquivel stranded.
The victim saw Esquivel coming toward her from inside of her garage, and she tried to leave. Esquivel demanded the keys to her vehicle, pointed his weapon at her and threatened to kill her, according to court reports.
Esquivel took the woman's keys and smashed her cell phone on the ground.
Esquivel was sentenced to 15 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $10,034.
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