Man gets prison for break-ins, one interrupted by 10-year-old

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A Reno man has been sentenced to prison on charges of robbery and burglary for his involvement in two cases from late 2018.

31-year-old William Haley pleaded guilty and was sentenced to ten years in prison, combined for both cases. Based on the sentenced imposed in Washoe District Court by Judge Scott Freeman, Haley must serve a minimum of eight years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

In October 2018, Reno Police responded to a report of a residential burglary in progress. According to the victim, the burglary happened about 9:45 a.m. when he returned after running errands with his 10-year-old daughter. Upon parking in the driveway, the homeowner noticed the side garage door open, and went to close it while the daughter entered the house, where she encountered Haley. The girl screamed and her father ran into the home, which led Haley to run out the front door.

Both men fought over the stolen property and the girl called 911, at which point Haley ran off; he was arrested nearby shortly after police arrived.

Police found that Haley had been inside the girl’s room and stolen $29 from her wallet. The investigation also determined Haley was a suspect in a prior burglary in a nearby Reno neighborhood where he entered an open garage and, according to video surveillance, stayed there for several minutes before stealing several items. In that case, the homeowners were home and sleeping at the time of the burglary.

At sentencing, Chief Deputy District Attorney Kelly Kossow introduced evidence that supported the victim’s testimony that explained how the crime emotionally impacted his wife and two young children, who no longer feel safe in their own home.