Man Gets 11 Years in Prison for Burglarizing Former DA's Home

The suspect stole the former DA's wallet and used the credit card fraudulently several times.

Andrew Michael Jonke, 23, of Redwood City was sentenced to 11 years and eight months in prison Wednesday for robbing a former district attorney's home, stealing his wallet and then using his credit card to make several fraudulent purchases.

According to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office, on Feb. 20, 2012, Jonke knocked on former district attorney Keith Sorenson's home and said his baseball had just landed in Sorenson's backyard, and asked if he could go retrieve it. Sorenson let him in.

The next day, Sorenson discovered his wallet was missing from inside his home.

Sorenson checked his accounts and discovered that five fraudulent purchases were made with his credit card, beginning almost immediately after he had let Jonke in his home.

Surveillance footage at the location of one of the fraudulent purchases showed Jonke using Sorenson's credit card.

After previously pleading guilty to charges of felony identity theft, felony residential burglary and felony possession of stolen property in September, Jonke appeared in court Wednesday for sentencing and told the judge he was "ready to change, and just needed a treatment program" to help him do so.

In court, Jonke admitted to having a prior five-year felony conviction for a similar crime.

However, the judge denied the motion to grant Jonke probation, and sentenced him to 11 years, eight months in prison, with credit for 370 days already served, as Jonke has been in custody on $2 million bail since being caught.

Jonke was also ordered to pay a $280 restitution fund fine, $120 for a court security fine, a $90 criminal conviction fine, restitution to Skylight Financial in the amount of $710.00, $53.41 to Sorenson, and to other victims he had previously stolen from, in amounts to be determined.


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Jennifer van der Kleut January 11, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Wow, thanks for helping put this in perspective, Amanda. I too am very glad to hear your grandfather wasn't hurt! The DA did not reveal your grandfather's age, so to hear he is 91 does make this crime that much more scary.
Jason alexander January 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM
what disturbs me the most is the comment "Sentences like this to 23 year old white folx... hope the kid is able to get released early" as if these sentences are normally reserved for minorities...
Cindy S January 13, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Amanda, I am glad your grandfather was not harmed and I don't believe he would have been harmed. I hesitate to comment on this as well because I know Andrew. His race is caucasian. While I feel everyone should receive punishment for their crimes, I do believe his sentence is excessive, as well as, many other family members. And I do believe that Mr. Sorenson being a prior DA with ties to San Mateo County Court may have played a part in the sentence, if even a small part. Yes, he has priors and he has a lot to work through. I do have one question that has been nagging at me the last year. All the articles I read stated that your grandfather escorted him through the house to retrieve the baseball and never left his sight. So how did Andrew get possession of the wallet?
Steve Hayes January 13, 2013 at 12:57 AM
It really does not matter how he got the wallet - he did and then he used the credit cards to steal. No question, Mr. Jonke should pay for the crime. But the crime did not involve a weapon and nobody was injured so the sentence seems very excessive. The DA (Wagstaffe) tried to explain it away (the article in the SJ Merc) but in the end it looks like a sentence designed to get revenge rather than justice. It is also a huge waste of taxpayer money. Both the DA and the Judge (Parsons I think) should be ashamed of themselves.
Cindy S January 13, 2013 at 07:41 AM
Steve - I totally agree with you!


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