A persistent offender is now heading off to prison, in part, thanks to brave community members who stood up to ask the courts to take action.
Thursday, Benjamin Grone was sentenced by Judge Mark Neill to eight years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Back in September 2013, Grone went on a burglary spree, busting into two homes in the Tower Grove South neighborhood and attempting to break into another. All three of the victims were home at the time, terrified by Grone as he violated their senses of safety and security.
Grone is no stranger to the law. He’s been convicted on four other burglary or stealing charges since 2012, all in St. Louis County. He was on probation at the time of his crime spree in Tower Grove South.
More than 40 members of the community signed a letter to the court which was entered into the public record Thursday, summarizing the emotional and financial tolls that crimes take on their neighborhood.
You can read their letter by clicking here. We concealed names to protect people's privacy.
One of the victims of the burglaries also testified at Grone’s sentencing Thursday.
After hearing her thoughts, reading the community’s letter and thanking neighbors for their presence, Judge Neill sentenced Grone to eight years.
The Circuit Attorney’s Office applauds the Tower Grove South community for their active support of the criminal justice process.