LANCASTER – A 24-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in state prison for a monthlong residential burglary spree in Palmdale, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
David Lashley Holmes of Palmdale carried out a series of burglaries last November and December, according to Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Yeh.
Holmes knocked on doors or rang doorbells and, if no one answered, broke in by kicking in doors or shattering windows or glass sliding doors, according to the prosecutor. He then ransacked the homes and stole valuable jewelry, electronics and, in one case, an expensive guitar, Yeh said.
During one burglary, Holmes keyed every panel of a BMW parked in the garage and, during another break-in, poured coffee into a fish tank, killing the fish, the prosecutor said.
Holmes pleaded no contest May 29 to 11 counts of first-degree residential burglary and one count of second-degree commercial burglary.
Holmes also admitted that there was a person present during one of the burglaries and that he had a prior conviction from 2013 for assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury.
Holmes agreed to pay restitution in connection with all 15 residential burglaries with which he was charged, including four in which counts were dismissed as a result of the plea agreement, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
An Aug. 19 restitution hearing is scheduled at the Lancaster courthouse.