He broke a window and busted into a home to burglarize it, terrorizing the three children inside.
But now, Pierre Pipes has been sentenced for the crime.
Back in June of 2013, 12-year-old D.W. was home alone with his two brothers in the Baden neighborhood. It was just before 5:00 p.m.
D.W. heard a knock at the front door and then again at the back door. He didn’t answer either time because his mom was not home. Then, he heard glass breaking and, terrified, he and his brothers went to hide in the basement. He called his mother and then 9-1-1. When D.W.’s mother and another family member arrived at the house, they saw Pipes placing electronics in the back of an SUV.
Pipes has four other felony convictions and was on probation at the time of the burglary.
“The defendant has been given multiple opportunities to complete probation, yet he continues to reoffend,” wrote Assistant Circuit Attorney Molly Wayne, in court documents. “The defendant showed a clear disregard for the safety and property of others by breaking into the house in the middle of the day,” ACA Wayne wrote.
ACA Wayne recommended that Pipes serve 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
He was sentenced to serve 15 years.