Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney George E. Barnhill announced Friday that Trayvon D. Young was convicted Thursday on three counts of burglary in the first degree, one count of criminal attempt to commit burglary in the first degree and two counts of possession of a firearm by a first offender.
After the two-day jury trial in Ware Superior Court, Judge Michael D. DeVane sentenced Young to 60 years, with 45 years to be served in prison, followed by 15 years on probation.
Young, 21, formerly of Waycross, was convicted of a string of residential burglaries in Waycross, said Barnhill. These burglaries occurred Nov. 21, 2014, and Dec. 12, 2014.
The first burglary occurred the night of Nov. 21, 2014, on Sunnyside Drive. An extensive amount of jewelry, a Taurus handgun and a Yorkie dog named “Marlee” were taken. Testimony showed a neighbor and a passerby saw a white van in the driveway of the residence at the time.
Two burglaries  perpetrated by Young, Barnhill said, took place the night of Dec. 12, 2014, one at a home on Strickland Street where TVs, jewelry and Christmas gifts were stolen. Again, a neighbor saw a white van in the driveway of the Strickland Street residence, according to court testimony.
The other burglary occurred on Preston Street where a safe containing a substantial amount of cash and a jewelry box were stolen, said Barnhill.
Further, the DA said, Young tried to burglarize a third residence on Dec. 12.
Young was identified by a resident on Seminole Trail as the person who attempted to enter his house on the night of Dec. 12. When confronted by the homeowner, Barnhill said, Young ran from the residence and the homeowner saw another male run from behind the house. The homeowner also saw a white van, Barnhill said.
At that point, Barnhill said, the homeowner got into his personal vehicle and followed the van to the Dairy Queen in Waycross. In the parking lot he confronted the driver, and two to three males exited the vehicle. The van took off and the homeowner followed the van to General Box, where another male ran from the vehicle.
Barnhill said the Waycross Police Department processed the white Kia van, which contained the safe and jewelry box from the Preston Street burglary and a ring and watch from the Sunnyside Drive burglary. Also in the van was a Stevens 12-gauge shotgun.
Young’s girlfriend at the time of the burglaries testified that she loaned him her white Kia van the night of Dec. 12. He called her later that night and told her the van had stalled, she testified, adding that Young asked her to lie and say someone else borrowed her van, Barnhill said.
During the phone call, he also threatened her, the DA said.
Young’s former girlfriend and mother of his child testified that she was given some jewelry by Young, which she pawned. Victims from the Sunnyside Drive and the Strickland Street burglaries identified that jewelry as theirs. She also testified that she arranged through Young’s mother for the return of Marlee, the Yorkie dog taken from the Sunnyside burglary, to the Ware County Sheriff’s Office.
Young was on first offender probation for burglary in Glynn County at the time of the burglaries, Barnhill said.
“We would like to thank the Waycross Police Department and Ware County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work and determination in solving these cases,” said Barnhill. “We would also like to thank the good citizens of Waycross who noticed something wasn’t right in their neighborhood and called the law. Neighbors helping neighbors and good police work solved this case.”
Assistant District Attorney Melanie Brogden prosecuted the case.
Assistant Public Defender Walt Eddy III and Chief Public Defender Martin Eaves represented Young.