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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Defendant who hid under bed to spy on family convicted

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  • It didn't take long for a jury to convict a 35-year-old Leavenworth man Monday of various charges stemming from an incident earlier this year involving the mother of his children.
    The jury in Leavenworth County District Court found Earl Brockington, Jr., guilty of robbery, criminal restraint, domestic battery, intimidation of a victim and criminal trespass after about an hour of deliberation. The charges stemmed from an incident April 21.
    Brockington, according to a news release from Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson, entered the home of his children's mother and "hid under a bed for several hours while he spied on the family."
    The defendant went unnoticed inside the home until one of his children saw him and told his mother. The mother testified at trial that she didn't believe her son when he said, "Mommy, somebody is here," the county attorney's release states.
    "She said she didn't believe her son at first as she thought his imagination was just getting carried away," the release states. "… (She) testified that she went with her son into his room to check under the bed and that is when she found Brockington laying under the bed drenched in sweat.
    "(She) testified that she was in shock and scared."
    The woman ran to the living room to get her phone, but Brockington grabbed it from her. A struggle ensued between the two adults over a second cell phone.
    "Both parties ended up on the ground, wrestling for the phone," according to the release. "The kids were getting involved and trying to get Brockington off of their mom."
    Brockington was able to get control of the second phone. The woman told her children to leave the home and get help. Brockington restrained the woman as she, too, tried to leave.
    "(She) testified that Brockington had his arm around her neck, which kept her from leaving," the release states. "She said that he grabbed one child with his free arm and pinned the other child up against the staircase and wall with his body."
    The woman's son was able to get free, and he ran to a neighbor's home for help.
    Brockington let go of the family, and the mother drove her children away. Brockington, the release states, was seen leaving on foot.
    Assistant County Attorney Sherri Becker prosecuted the case, and attorney Joel Rook defended Brockington, who also testified during the one-day trial.
    Brockington, who is in custody at Leavenworth County Jail, is scheduled to be sentenced at 10 a.m. Sept. 24.

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