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West Haven man convicted of burglary, witness tampering

March 8, 2019

MILFORD — A jury took about an hour to find a 32-year-old West Haven man guilty of drunkenly rampaging through his brother’s home -- then trying to engineer a scheme to get the charges dropped.

Kyle Adams stood motionless with his hands folded as the jury’s foreperson announced guilty verdicts to charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree threatening, first-degree criminal mischief, tampering with a witness, violating a protective order and attempted violating a protective order.

He had been on trial since Tuesday before Judge Peter McShane and a six-member jury of four women and two men.

Adams was accused of showing up to an Anderson Avenue home where his brother was living and smashing through a back door before causing roughly $3,800 damages, including bashing a TV and smashing the windows of his brother’s car with a baseball bat.

Adams’s brother testified that had invited Adams to the home to live there on the condition that he not drink or use drugs.

Instead, Adams didn’t show up the night he was supposed to and called the next morning, under the influence. Hours later, he showed up at the house uninvited and still under the influence and was arrested by police after the break-in.

After he was detained by police at the scene, Adams yelled threats at his brother.

While in jail waiting trial, Adams wrote a long letter to his mother that was read in court Wednesday in which he asked his family to reach out to court officials and ask the charges against him be dropped.

The jury also heard phone calls made by Adams to his brother — who he was barred from contacting — using another inmate’s name and telling him not to help prosecutors or testify against him.

During closing arguments, Kelley said the jury had no choice but to convict him.

“There is more than enough evidence here,” she said. “There is no reasonable doubt.”

Adams’ lawyer, Michael Moscowitz, said Kelley was telling just one version of the story.

The two lawyers also disagreed about how much the jury should weigh Adams’ being under the influence at the time of the break-in when considering his intent.

The jury deliberated for about a half-hour before asking that a portion of the testimony given Tuesday by Adams’s brother’s girlfriend replayed.

After another half-hour of deliberations, the verdict was delivered.

Adams will be sentenced May 23. He could face more than 40 years in prison.