For Immediate Release May 15, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Kenneth Wayne Sumpter was sentenced to 55 years in prison for the brutal attack on a 79-year-old woman. Sumpter was convicted in March 2012, on charges of Home Invasion Robbery, Burglary, False Imprisonment and Aggravated Elderly Abuse.
In January 2011, Sumpter broke into five homes within a two-day period. Three of the homes were unoccupied. Sumpter terrorized those who were inside the other two homes.
Sumpter beat and tied up 79-year-old Kathleen Jones in one attack. Jones told the court, “For 53 years I felt safe in my house. One day in January 2011 changed that.”
After Jones’ attack, Sumpter broke into another home and pointed a toy gun at three 11-year-olds. The children’s father was able to physically restrain Sumpter until police arrived.
“This individual was literally a one man crime spree. His penchant for breaking into people’s homes, of taking their property and feelings of safety was stopped only by being caught in the act by a brave homeowner. In handing down this sentence, the court was no doubt swayed by the powerful words of a 79-year-old victim who found the strength to face the man who terrorized the old and young alike,” said Assistant State Attorney Phil Bavington.
Sumpter’s sentence requires 50 years minimum mandatory, which means he will not be able to receive any gain time until he is 77-years-old.