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Convicted Burglar Faces 4th Trip To Prison

MADERA – A Madera Superior Court jury has convicted Jay Ogamba, 33, of Madera, of residential burglary, a violent felony, felony possession of methamphetamine, and misdemeanor resisting arrest according to Madera County District Attorney Michael R. Keitz.Deputy District Attorney Traci Wise introduced evidence at trial that during June of 2011, Ogamba entered a Madera residence while a child and her mother were sleeping inside. The child awoke, observed Ogamba and dialed 911. Ogamba fled the house.

Madera Police officers responded quickly and observed Ogamba, who matched the description provided by the child, in a nearby alleyway. A foot chase ensued and Ogamba was tackled and arrested.

The officers found a trail of discarded items along his escape path including property taken from the victims’ residence, plus clothes and methamphetamine.

During the course of the trial, Ogamba pled guilty to other pending charges including felony transportation of methamphetamine; felony possession of bank cards, drivers licenses, library cards and a cell phone; and a misdemeanor count of giving a false name to a peace officer.

At a special hearing following the trial, the court found true the special allegations that Ogamba committed the burglary while he was out on bail on other felony charges, and that he had previously been sent to state prison on three separate occasions.

The court set sentencing for Apr. 2. Ogamba is facing up to 13 years and 4 months in state prison.

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