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Man gets 17 1/2 years in prison for home invasion `gone bad'.

Byline: Bill Bishop The Register-Guard

CORRECTION (ran 11/20/04): A report on Page D1 on Friday about the sentencing of Russell Wayne Corbett was incorrect. Corbett was sentenced to 15 years in prison on six counts of coercion. With credit for good time, he will serve about 12 years.

A Eugene man who picked the wrong house in a plan to steal guns, drugs and money was sentenced Thursday to 17 1/2 years in prison.

Russell Wayne Corbett, 45, was on both parole and probation at the time he invaded the woman's home and threatened her and six teenagers. He was convicted of burglary and seven counts of coercion for the Feb. 27 incident.

Charges related to an incident at another nearby house minutes after he left the break-in were dropped in a deal with the prosecutor, according to court


The incident happened before 11 p.m. when a teenager answered a knock at the door and Corbett pushed his way inside, Deputy Lane County District Attorney Debra Vogt said.

Acting as though he had a concealed handgun, Corbett demanded guns, drugs and money. Discovering that they had none, he ordered the woman and six teenagers to sit on a couch for at least 15 minutes or risk being shot by accomplices who were watching from outside.

During the incident, Corbett threatened to kill the youths if anyone failed to cooperate, Vogt said. The woman told police he acted as though he'd been drinking.

He left the house and went to another residence a few blocks away, where he had been in a recent dispute with the resident, Vogt said. The second victim called police and reported Corbett was brandishing a gun outside, breaking windows and making threats. Corbett left before police arrived, Vogt said.

Around that time, the first victims called police. In a photo lineup prepared by investigators, the victims of the home invasion identified Corbett as their assailant.

Corbett, who has 22 prior convictions, sought leniency in court. His lawyer, Jim Jagger of Eugene, asked for a 2 1/2 -year prison term for coercion, with the sentences for all other crimes to be served at the same time.

Instead, Lane County Circuit Judge Ted Carp gave Corbett 2 1/2 years in prison for coercion for each of the seven victims and ordered the terms served back-to-back.

If Corbett earns the maximum time off his sentence for good behavior, he will serve about 14 years.

"It was really a home-invasion robbery gone bad," Vogt said. "The victims are lucky they did exactly what he told them to do."
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Nov 19, 2004
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