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Cottonwood man sentenced for VOC home invasion

Kenneth Birchett, Jr.

Kenneth Birchett, Jr.

Kenneth Birchett, Jr., a 51-year-old Cottonwood man, was sentenced to 30 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections last week by Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael Bluff.

On July 22, following an 18-day jury trial, Birchett was found guilty of first-degree burglary, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of attempted armed robbery, three counts of aggravated assault, and one count of possession of burglary tools.  

The conviction stems from the burglary of a home of two retired residents in the Village of Oak Creek July 25, 2011.  

Just before 6 a.m., Birchett entered the home while the male victim was out on a morning walk.  Birchett was wearing a mask and gloves while carrying a revolver, stun gun and duct tape.  

Birchett confronted the woman and assaulted her with the stun gun to gain compliance.  

Birchett then bound her with duct tape while demanding money.  

When the male victim arrived home, a fight ensued and Birchett struck the man over the head numerous times with the revolver causing serious lacerations.  

During the struggle, Birchett fired a round, which fortunately did not strike either. The woman was able to escape and run to a neighbor's house for help as Birchett fled from the area.    

After an exhaustive investigation by detectives and evidence technicians from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Birchett was arrested Jan. 9, 2012.

Birchett was given credit for 2.5 years of jail time.  Birchett must serve 25.5 years before being eligible for parole.          

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