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Man enters guilty plea in home invasion, beating

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Charleston man who broke into a Nitro home last year and beat the resident entered a guilty plea in circuit court.

Keith Jamal Burnette, 29, of Central Avenue on the city's West Side, pleaded guilty to brandishing a deadly weapon, possession with intent to deliver cocaine and first-degree robbery. Prosecutors will dismiss several other charges against him.

According to Assistant Prosecutor Michelle Drummond, Burnette entered a Main Avenue apartment armed with a pistol on Aug. 30 and threatened a mother and her son.

"He demanded money from them," Drummond said. "He took a laptop and cell phone. The victim said she would take him to a bank to get some money."

Drummond said Burnette pointed the gun at the son and hit the mother in the head with the gun. Police said she was seriously injured in the attack. She later identified Burnell as the man from a photograph.

Police arrested Burnette at a home on the West Side with 12 baggies of cocaine in his possession.  

Burnette entered a Kennedy-Frazier plea, in which a defendant doesn't admit guilt but concedes the state has enough evidence to convict. He will be sentenced next month and faces a possible 26 years in prison.

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