Life in prison

A 48-year old Oconee man has been sentenced to life in prison for burglary first degree. The jury in General Sessions Court today returned a quick verdict against Curtis Eugene Land of Brown Street, Seneca arrested in September 2011 and charged with burglarizing a home in Oakway. For Land’s part, life in prison is better than life on the outside. The defendant admitted to an addiction to drugs and said he’d rather be in jail than try to make it on the streets. Deputy Solicitor David Wagner told Judge Alex Macaulay that Land had a history of home burglaries, dating back to 1982. Said Wagner: “He just won’t quit.” In the Oakway home burglary, the court was told, Land scared a 13-year old boy home at the home. But the boy grabbed a gun and held it to ward off the intruder.