A McAlester man was recently sentenced to seven years in prison for a home invasion.

Kenny Lee Stephenson Jr., 21, pleaded guilty Aug. 3 in Pittsburg County District Court to a charge of first degree burglary. A charge of attempted robbery by force or fear was dismissed.

Stephenson was fined $150 and sentenced to serve seven years in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

According to court records, Stephenson broke into the West Peoria Avenue home of Ronald Thomason and hit the victim him in the head.

On Dec. 18, McAlester Police Officer Brian Greer responded to a home invasion call on West Peoria Avenue, according to a police affidavit. When Greer arrived, he found Thomason “standing in his yard covered in blood.”

Thomason told authorities that Stephenson, along with an unidentified male subject, broke through the back door of his home and demanded money, Greer’s report states.

Thomason told police that the unidentified male subject pointed a pistol at him and Stephenson “had a sock with something in it and hit him in the back of the head.” Thomason escaped his home and ran to his neighbor’s home, where he called the police, the affidavit continues. Thomason was able to identify Stephenson as his attacker from a photo police later showed him, according to Greer’s report.

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