A Peoria man was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for attacking an older couple in their East Peoria home and demanding their firearms.
Brett Wright, 26, pleaded guilty to armed violence after charges of home invasion and armed robbery were dismissed.
Recently released from prison for burglary, Wright last Sept. 7 broke through the kitchen door of a home in the 100 block of Lee Court and ordered its residents, in their 60s, to give him the key to their gun safe.
The woman was watching TV when the attack came. She tried in vain to keep the door shut on Wright, and her screams brought her husband from the bedroom where he’d been sleeping. Wright followed him when he went back to the bedroom to retrieve a handgun there, court records stated.
That gave the woman time to call 911. Her husband, meanwhile, struggled with Wright as he tried to use a screwdriver to open the safe in the room.
When he failed, Wright ran back to the kitchen, grabbed the woman’s purse and ran outside. The woman followed him and tried to get her purse back, the two fell to the ground and Wright threatened to stab her with the screwdriver, court records stated.
He fled as an officer arrived but was caught after a short chase. After other officers arrived, Wright told them he would have killed them if he had his “pole,” a slang term for a firearm, court records stated.
Police found the screwdriver and a glass pipe on Wright.