Man sentenced for burglary of Chula Vista, issues apology to teen victim

Maurice Faulkner given 25-year prison term

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A man convicted of ransacking a South Bay home while a terrified 13-year-old girl hid under her bed issued an apology in court Thursday.

Chula Vista Superior Court Judge Kathleen Lewis sentenced 53-year-old Maurice Faulkner to 25 years in prison.

"I wanted to apologize to the victim in this … the little girl. I'm sorry. I just want to say I'm sorry she went through what she went through," said Faulkner.

"All I can say is I'm sorry and I apologize," he added.

Thirteen-year-old Jocelyn and her family weren't inside the courtroom for Faulkner's sentencing, but in May, she showed 10News where she was when she saw a strange man -- since identified as Faulkner -- break into her house on a Tuesday morning.

"He was trying to get the screen off," Jocelyn said. "I paused because I didn't know what to do."

She hid underneath her bed and watched as he went through her top drawer. Minutes later, he left.

Terrified, she sent a text message to her mom, it read "Call 911, I'm under the bed help."

But then Jocelyn called 911 herself. She remained calm as she explained to the dispatcher her terrifying ordeal.

"He broke into the window," she said to the dispatcher.

"How old are you?" the dispatcher asked.

"I'm 13. I'm scared," Jocelyn said.

Chula Vista police arrested Faulkner just one block away at a bus stop along East Palomar Street in Chula Vista. He was holding the family's safe in his hands, police said.

"He has two prior convictions that both qualified as strike offenses, both of them for attempted burglaries," said Deputy District Attorney Trisha Amador.

Lewis dropped one of those attempted burglary strikes from 1995, but she delivered a stern message with her words and sentence.

"The defendant's character and prospects indicate his chosen career is a house burglar," said Lewis.

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