Jenkins found guilty in connection with home invasion

Published 9:30 pm Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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By Fred Guarino
The Lowndes Signal
Dionea Jenkins, 28, of Fort Deposit was found guilty Wednesday by a Lowndes County Jury on charges of burglary and robbery, both in the first degree, in connection with the home invasion of a couple, according to Lowndes County District Attorney Charlotte M. Tesmer.

She said Jenkins’ case was tried by Butler County Circuit Court Judge J. MacDonald Russell Jr. due to a conflict with Lowndes County Circuit Court Judge Terri Bozeman Lovell.

According Tesmer, Jenkins allegedly threw a flower pot through French doors at a residence on Alabama Highway 21 and went in on a couple, who both identified him in court.

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Also according to Tesmer, a male victim in this case managed to get to his gun, but Jenkins allegedly took it away from him and robbed the couple of cash, credit cards and the gun.

Tesmer said, “They are fortunate they weren’t seriously injured or even killed.”

Following the verdict on the heels of another home invasion case, Tesmer said, “Of course I’m pleased with these convictions. These crimes are extremely concerning because when we are in our homes at the end of the day we expect to be safe.”

Tesmer said, “Dion (Dionea) Jenkins took that away from the victims.”

She said the victims identified Jenkins in a photographic lineup two days after the home invasion.