Man gets 20 years for stealing, selling antiques

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Robert Howard

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for the burglary of a Jacksonville home.

Robert Howard was convicted last month on charges of burglary and dealing in stolen property.

In 2011, Howard broke into a home on Ephrata Court. The homeowner died in 2007, leaving the property and the antiques inside to her granddaughter. When the granddaughter stopped by the house, she found several antique items missing.

Evidence showed that Howard took the furniture and then sold the antiques at a yard sale. The granddaughter spotted the antiques at the yard sale and contacted police.

When officers arrived, they found Howard selling the items.

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