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Judge Sentences Man to 24 Years For Los Gatos Home Invasion Robbery

Santa Cruz resident Jyler Alexander Raines was accused of the violent home invasion break-in that terrorized a town couple and their child in March of 2009.

A Santa Cruz man was sentenced to 24 years in prison this week after being convicted of a March 27, 2009 home invasion robbery in Los Gatos.

Jyler Alexander Raines, 23, faced Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick on Wednesday to hear his punishment, openly crying as he apologized for the crime, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported.

Raines and jail escapee Maurice Ainsworth were accused of entering a Los Gatos-area home, binding a husband and wife, hiding their child and threatening to kill the father and rape the mother, according to the Sentinel.

They ransacked the property and stole valuables, including the couple's Lexus, the newspaper said.

Ainsworth was facing 29 charges in January of 2011 stemming from a Nov. 29, 2010 incident during which he overpowered a female sheriff's deputy at Dominican Hospital, escaped from her custody and took her stun gun and handgun.

He used the Taser against her and fired the handgun at a hospital employee, who escaped unharmed, before fleeing into the surrounding area.

Ainsworth fled to a day care center near the hospital, where he held the gun to the head of a teacher and took the teacher's car keys. He later broke into two houses on English Drive, taking two people hostage before ingesting prescription medications and being remanded into custody.

Ainsworth faces life in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced April 26, the Sentinel reported.

Ethyleen Jones March 29, 2013 at 02:47 PM
At last a judge who is doing his job.
Cassie Maas March 29, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Well, he'll be old when he gets out but I'm not sure it is long enough. Your home is your sanctuary and the fact that they hid the child and the parents thought their son had been kidnapped had to have been terrifying. I'm glad he's off the streets. I'm just sad the family had to go through this ordeal. I hope that they and their son will find some peace and be able to live without fear in their own home.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz March 29, 2013 at 08:03 PM
The only problem here is our penal system. He just may learn how to do it better next time. While he's doing time. I Pray that he runs into the right people to make a full turn around.
bob emerson March 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM
For the amount of crimes he committed and the nature of these crimes 24 years is NOT enough. He will not be that old when he gets out and for this I fear his severe mental illness will allow him to commit more serious crimes. Getting out any sooner than age 65, will be a trajedy to the community.

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