LOS ANGELES — A state appeals court panel Tuesday upheld a man’s conviction for a string of break-ins that targeted older women in Santa Monica and West Los Angeles, according to reports.

The three-justice panel from California’s Second District Court of Appeal rejected the defense’s claim that insufficient evidence supported the jury’s verdicts on the issue of identity in the case of Jeffery Wayne Langford, according to City News Service.

He was convicted in February 2011 of 21 counts, including first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, cutting a utility line, making criminal threats, false imprisonment of an elder and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury.

The early morning break-ins occurred between June 2008 and August 2008 at the homes of seven women, two in Santa Monica, who were between 75 and 93.

In all but one of the burglaries, Langford climbed through a window, confronted the victims and demanded money, jewelry or silver — netting him the nickname “The Silverware Bandit.”

A 79-year-old Santa Monica woman who attempted to stab Langford with a screwdriver he had placed on her bed was choked before he released her and eventually tied her hands and legs with extension cords in August 2008, according to the ruling.

In another instance, Langford disabled a victim’s medical alert monitor, so she would be unable to call for help, prosecutors said.

“Based on the evidence, the jury reasonably could conclude [the] defendant was the intruder in the seven incidents for which he was convicted,” Presiding Justice Tricia Bigelow wrote on behalf of the panel.

Jurors acquitted Langford of charges involving four other women and deadlocked on charges associated with another woman.

He was sentenced in January 2012 to 210 years to life in state prison.

 

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