(As originally published, Tue, December 26th 2023)
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (TND) — A woman is headed to prison after pleading guilty to an unusual home invasion.
Pennsylvania State Police arrested Breanna Englert one night in April after she broke into a home and was confronted by the homeowners, plus a neighbor.
According to the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office “Englert attacked the homeowners’ dog with a knife and bit two of the victims, who required medical attention.
“Immediately following the incident, the victims’ dog suffered seizures and died a short time later.”
Prosecutors said Englert may “have been under the influence of controlled substances at the time.”
At the sentencing hearing, the district attorney pointed out Englert had been convicted of assault twice in the past four years and was on probation when she was arrested this time.
One victim, a retired schoolteacher, spoke directly to Englert:
“You invited us into your world. We never invited you into ours. You broke into our house with a knife.”
She said her grandchildren were traumatized, and,
“If it wasn’t for our neighbors, I don’t know what would have happened. I truly believe our neighbors saved our lives that night.”
Englert apologized and insisted “her history of prescription drug abuse and methamphetamine abuse were the cause of her criminal history.”
The 26-year-old faced eight charges: criminal trespass, terroristic threats, cruelty to animals, resisting arrest, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, and two counts of simple assault.
Prosecutors didn’t get the sentence they wanted, the maximum of 25 years.
Instead, the judge imposed a 12-year sentence.
“Ms. Englert should thank her lucky stars that she is still alive today,” district attorney Dave Strouse said, “because in many of the other homes in Clinton County that she could have broken into, she would have died that night.”