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A Spencer County jury earlier this month found a Louisville man guilty of burglarizing a Cochran Hill Road home and recommended he be sentenced to 20 years in prison.
James R. Seabolt, 36, of Louisville, was found guilty of second-degree complicity to burglary and of being a first-degree persistent felony offender.
His codefendant in the case, Christina A. LaPointe, 33, also of Louisville, entered a guilty plea to second-degree complicity to burglary and second-degree possession of a controlled substance.
LaPointe is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 20 at 9 a.m. in Spencer Circuit Court. The Commonwealth has recommended five years on the burglary charge and 12 months on the possession charge, with probation left to the discretion of the court.
Seabolt is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 10, 2013, at 9 a.m. in Spencer Circuit Court.
However, Seabolt is currently in custody at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange serving time for a host of other charges.
According to court records, the jury recommended 10 years enhanced to 20 years because Seabolt was a persistent felony offender.
According to the Kentucky Online Offender Lookup system, Seabolt has been convicted of several class C and D felony charges ranging from theft by unlawful taking over $100 in Jefferson County in 2002 to second-degree burglary in Shelby County in 2002 to theft by unlawful taking over $100 and second-degree burglary in Spencer County in 2003.
Apparently, Seabolt was out on parole when he and LaPointe were caught burglarizing the Cochran Hill Road home in March of this year.
According to a March Spencer Magnet article about the burglary, the homeowner — who requested his name not be released — was at home when LaPointe rang the doorbell with a flyer in her hand. The homeowner said because of other recent burglaries in his neighborhood, he did not immediately answer the door. He said LaPointe knocked several times and then Seabolt came to the porch with LaPointe and attempted to knock again. At that point, the homeowner said Seabolt went around to the side of his house and accessed his basement, where he began loading items into his red Oldsmobile with Jefferson County plates.
The homeowner said when he heard Seabolt in his basement, he called the sheriff’s department directly from his cell phone and reported the crime in progress. The homeowner said he had a firearm ready to defend himself if the suspects came upstairs.
“It was just a fluke that I happened to be there,” the homeowner said.
Neither Seabolt or LaPointe was suspected to be armed at the time.