Burglar Maxwell Wilson sought by police after conviction

Maxwell Michael Wilson. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Image caption Wilson was identified through DNA from hair and saliva

A man has been sentenced to 14 years in jail after being convicted in his absence of aggravated burglary and trespassing with a firearm.

Maxwell Michael Wilson was found guilty at Exeter Crown Court for raiding a house in Honiton, Devon, last year.

The 24-year-old was convicted despite escaping custody in Taunton, Somerset, in February this year.

Police said they had renewed an appeal to find him, and they believed he was still in Somerset or east Devon.

Wilson, of Chubbards Cross, Ilton, Ilminster, Somerset, was one of two men in balaclavas who broke into the house in January 2011 in an attempt to steal nearly £6,000 they knew the victims had after selling a car.

Armed with knives, what appeared to be pistols, and masking tape, they threatened the three occupants, before one of them struggled with Wilson, causing the robbers to flee.

Wilson had denied aggravated burglary and possession of an imitation firearm when arrested but was identified through DNA from hair and saliva..

He is 5ft 11in (1.8m) tall, of average build, with blue eyes, dark brown short hair and a soft West Country accent.

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