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DNA database assists in burglary conviction

The state's DNA database helped convict a Locust Street man Wednesday on a charge that he broke into an Allentown home last year.

A 12-member jury deliberated for about 90 minutes before finding Kurt Wiley guilty of second-degree burglary in the early morning break-in at a Mariner Street home Aug. 11, 2004.

Wiley, 44, showed no emotion as the verdict was read after a three-day trial before State Supreme Court Justice Joseph S. Forma. Prosecutors Colleen Curtin Gable and Paul J. Williams III said they will urge Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark to call for the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

According to evidence, Wiley quietly smashed a side window to gain entry into the home where a woman was sleeping.

Curtin Gable said Wiley apparently cut himself while trying to escape through that window. Police found bloodstains and a check of the state's DNA database linked them to Wiley.

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