A Staten Island burglar who cops found taking a shower in his victim’s home tried to beat the rap at trial, but a jury on Wednesday denied him a clean getaway.
Police responding to a burglar alarm caught David Maldonado, 37, showering in a second-floor bathroom of a West Brighton house on March 30, 2017.
Despite his lawyer’s assertions at trial that Maldonado didn’t intend to commit a crime, the jury on the case needed less than three hours to find him guilty on all counts against him, including burglary and weapon possession.
Police found a broken, bloody window, a backpack full of burglar tools, an expandable baton and the homeowner’s open lockbox when they discovered Maldonado inside the house, with all the lights off, prosecutors said.
Maldonado, who has a past burglary conviction, faces a minimum of seven years behind bars and a maximum of 15 when he’s sentenced Oct. 10.
During opening arguments, his defense lawyer Eric Nelson said Maldonado’s presence in the house didn’t add up to burglary, because he didn’t break in to commit a crime, the Staten Island Advance reported.
“Examine the intent in this case. That is a crucial, crucial part,” Nelson told the jurors. “Mr. Maldonado did not have an intent to commit a crime inside the house.”
Nelson declined comment Wednesday, saying Maldonado still hasn’t been sentenced and the case may be appealed.
“This defendant committed a serious crime by breaking into a private residence which he had no right to be in," Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon said. “Staten Islanders deserve to feel their homes are safe from intruders, and, with today’s guilty verdict, this defendant will face the consequences of his actions."