- Published on Saturday, 21 July 2012 12:51
- Written by BRYAN JACKSON
LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Livingston County District Attorney Gregory J. McCaffrey announced the conviction of Kerry E. Kiefer in Livingston County Court this afternoon following a three-day jury trial before the Honorable Robert B. Wiggins.
Kiefer was convicted of second-degree burglary, a Class C violent felony, aggravated criminal contempt, a Class D felony, second-degree harassment, a violation, fourth-degree criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor, and false personation, a Class B misdemeanor.
Wiggins also issued an order of protection requiring Kiefer to refrain from assault, stalking, harassment, aggravated harassment, menacing, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, intimidation, threats or any criminal offense associated with the victim James M. Kearney, of the June 24, 2008 incident that led to the charges. The order of protection was issued after Kiefer was convicted of first-degree criminal contempt.
On March 17, 2012, after being advised to leave Kearney’s residence, Kiefer kicked in the side door and entered the residence. Kearney and a friend returned home a short time after and confronted the Kiefer. After being asked to leave several times, Kiefer kicked and bit Kearney in the face. When Kearney’s friend attempted to intervene, Kiefer tried to hit both people.
Kearney called the police, and Trooper Sean Histed arrived and began the investigation. Histed located Kiefer at the Lantern Lounge in Livonia, and during his interview with the defendant, she lied about her name and date of birth.
Kiefer has nine prior felony convictions on five different dates, and sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 11, 2012. In addition to the current charges, if the court finds Kiefer to be a persistent felony offender she would face a minimum sentence of 16 years to life and a maximum sentence of 25 years to life. If the court sentences the defendant as a second felony offender with one prior violent felony offense, she is facing a determinant sentence between five and 15 years plus five years post release supervision.
Assistant Public Defender Christopher Laragy represented the defendant. First Assistant District Attorney Victor Rowcliffe represented the people on behalf of the District Attorney.