WEST CHESTER - A man convicted of burglarizing a Phoenixville woman's home received a sentence 11 1/2 to 23 months in county prison Thursday.
Kevin John Corcoran was discovered in a Walnut Street home going through a woman's handbag on Nov. 9, 2002.
According to court records, Corcoran bolted, igniting a foot chase through the streets of Phoenixville with the victim and a neighborhood teenager in close pursuit.
Approximately 15 to 20 minutes later, he was arrested just blocks away, walking back toward the scene of the crime.
In her closing argument, Assistant District Attorney Megan Kampf noted the victim positively identified Corcoran as the burglar.
Corcoran, who demanded a jury trial, admitted on the stand he had a serious drinking problem. The day before the incident he had checked into a Gay Street rehabilitation facility, or halfway house.
Defense attorney Joseph P. Green Jr. said Corcoran never admitted to the crime when sober.
At sentencing, Corcoran said he would not fight the verdict, though he maintained his innocence. "I am not a burglar. I stand by that, but I accept the verdict because I have to," he said.
In handing down the sentence, Judge James P. MacElree III said that normally he would give state prison time instead of county prison time for the conviction. However, since no aggressive behavior was shown to the victim, he would cut him a break.
The judge said he was not budging on prison time, however. "If I let you loose, you would be back in this courthouse or some other courthouse with more problems," he said.