Bradenton man sentenced to life in prison for home invasion in Sarasota

jdeleon@bradenton.comOctober 8, 2013 

SARASOTA -- A Bradenton man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday morning for the home invasion robbery of a mother and son in Sarasota County earlier this year.

Yancy Steen was convicted last Thursday of the Jan. 21 home invasion.

Steen is known as a "prison releasee reoffender", according to Assistant State Attorney Kennedy Legler. This means Steen committed a certain crime within three years of being released from a state prison and so the maximum penalty he can receive becomes his minimum sentence.

"I think it was a great example of two law enforcement agencies working together to get a really bad guy off the streets," Legler said.

The home invasion occurred on Jan. 21 when Steen entered a home in the 1800 block of 29th Street in Sarasota, according to Sarasota police. Steen held a handgun to the heads of the mother and her 11-year-old son and then ransacked the home.

"The victims are very pleased with the outcome," Legler said. "It brings a lot of closure to that nightmare."

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