Probation denied for young thieves

KINGMAN - Two 13-year-old twin brothers have been remanded to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Corrections until their 18th birthday for a series of residential burglaries in Golden Valley.

Judge Derek Carlisle on Tuesday ordered that Larry Earl and Earl Vincent Edmondson serve no less than one year in the Department of Juvenile Corrections, with the remainder of their sentence to be determined by corrections officials.

The Edmondson boys, who will turn 14 in February, pled guilty to three counts of felony burglary in the first degree and one count of burglary in the second degree for a series of break-ins between Oct. 30 and Nov. 9.

The pair were caught in the act of burglarizing a home in the 3500 block of Bibo Road Nov. 7 by Mohave County Sheriff's Office deputies who were in the area looking for the brothers in connection with a burglary reported earlier that morning, according to Trish Carter with the Sheriff's Office.

The boys had collected a cache of weapons and stolen goods, including guns, knives, coins and other items, Carter said.

The boys were under the care of their father, Robert Edmondson, when the crimes occurred. Their mother was at Tuesday's hearing and offered to take the boys to Missouri where she now lives. The Mohave County Probation Department and the state both supported that move, provided the boys were placed under strict terms of probation.

Carlisle said the boys deserved no less than juvenile intensive probation, and he said he could not be assured that those terms would be enforced if the boys moved out of state.

One of the boys' victims spoke in court and said that the two had done more than $2,000 worth of damage to her home, including urinating on her bed.

"This is damage I have to look at every day because I am on a fixed income," the woman said.

The victim said she was especially troubled after she was told by deputies that the boys watched her home from atop a hill and waited until she left for a doctor's appointment. She said she no longer feels safe in her home.

"I've been victimized, and my world has been turned around," she said.

The boys told deputies in interviews after their arrest that they were breaking into homes looking for food and items that could be resold.

Several statements made in court by the state, the boys' representation and the judge also alluded to improper care and possible abuse by the father.

Robert Edmondson was not present at the hearing but will be held responsible for restitution in the case, which Carlisle set at $4,162.

Four other counts of burglary, along with a possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia charge, were dropped in exchange for the boys pleading to the four counts of burglary.

Carlisle called the case very troubling.

"These weren't typical residential burglaries," he said.

"These are juveniles that had guns, that took guns with them while committing other burglaries."