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Auburn man convicted of burglary, assault, intimidating a witness
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Auburn man convicted of burglary, assault, intimidating a witness

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An Auburn man is facing the possibility of life in prison after a Lee County jury convicted him of first-degree burglary, third-degree assault and intimidating a witness Tuesday, according to the Lee County District Attorney’s Office.

A victim reported that she saw Earl Fitzgerald Webb, 52, masturbating outside of her window in the summer of 2017, and Webb was arrested and charged with criminal surveillance and indecent exposure that night, the district attorney’s office said.

The evening before the victim was to testify at trial, the district attorney’s office said Webb broke into the victim’s home, tackled her and repeatedly tased her with a stun gun.

Prior to the most recent convictions, Webb was convicted of the criminal surveillance and indecent exposure charges in 2020, and prosecutors argued the offenses were sexually motivated, leading to his designation as a sex offender, the district attorney’s office said.

“We are thankful for the jury’s patience and attention as numerous witnesses were presented, including experts in cell tower locations and cell phone forensic data,” Lee County District Attorney Jessica Ventiere said in a statement. “Violent sexual predators have absolutely no place in our community. I commend the fortitude and bravery of the victim, who had to testify twice against Webb. First in the surveillance trial, and again this week. We pray she experiences peace and continued strength.”

Ventiere said Webb could face a sentencing from 10 years to life in prison, and a sentencing hearing in the case has been scheduled for Nov. 10 this year.

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