Burglar shot by homeowner sent to prison

Mark Caldwell (source: Knox County Jail)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville man shot by a homeowner during a home invasion last year has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.

Mark Brandon Caldwell, 35, was convicted of two counts of aggravated burglary and one count of theft. He was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison to be served consecutively with an eight year sentence from another aggravated burglary case.

Prosecutors said Caldwell broke into a home on Sullivan Road on August 21, 2015, by kicking in the back door. He took a flat screen TV and a video game console from the home to his truck. While still inside the home, the homeowners came home and found his truck in the driveway. One of the homeowners got a handgun, went inside and found Caldwell.

The homeowner confronted Caldwell and told him to get on the ground, but Caldwell ran into a bedroom instead. The homeowner fired three shots, two of which hit Caldwell in the shoulder and elbow. Caldwell ran out of the house and drove to a nearby fire station to seek medical attention. There, police found stolen property in Caldwell’s truck from another home invasion from earlier in the day.

Prosecutors said Caldwell admitted to Knoxville Police Department investigators that he had committed both burglaries. He was on parole at the time for another aggravated burglary case, so the sentence in this case will run consecutive to his parole sentence. He has six prior convictions for aggravated burglary and burglary.

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