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Man sentenced to life for Christmas robbery

A judge in Mobile has sentenced a 21-year-old man to consecutive life terms for his part in a December home invasion in which he stole a little boy’s Christmas presents
/ Source: WVTM-TV

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A judge in Mobile has sentenced a 21-year-old man to consecutive life terms for his part in a December home invasion in which he stole a little boy’s Christmas presents.

Circuit Judge James Wood handed down the sentence Wednesday after a jury found Brandon Whitfield guilty of burglary and robbery.

Testimony showed Whitfield shoved a sawed-off shotgun in the faces of Adrian and Brandy Harness at their north Mobile home three days before Christmas last year.

The couple testified that they were bound with duct tape and blindfolded and their 4-year-old son was bound with computer wire as Whitfield and two accomplices tore open the presents under the family Christmas tree before stealing the family’s two automobiles.