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Jury convicts man of burglary, despite claims he doesn't have to follow U.S. laws

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A man accused of burglarizing an elderly widow’s home was convicted Tuesday, despite his claims that he does not have to follow laws or pay taxes, according to Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick, Jr.

Sean Stock, 28, broke into a home on 47th Street near South Causeway Boulevard in Metairie on June 20.

Deputies arrested Stock on June 23, and during interrogation he originally claimed an acquaintance gave him stolen items to sell. Stock eventually confessed, and admitted the woman had hired him to remove a tree from her property.

Stock’s public defender alleged the confession was false, based on a video of his interrogation, during which a detective told him, “Come on man, this is not adding up. There’s no judge that’s going to buy this explanation."

Before jury selection, Stock fired his public defender and said he wanted to act as his own attorney. This request lead to another hearing, during which Stock alluded to his affiliation with the “Sovereign Citizens” movement, an anti-government group that doesn’t believe in paying taxes or following laws in the U.S.

On Monday, Judge Ellen Shirer Kovach found Stock in contempt of court for refusing to answer questions. That same day, a jury deliberated for 45 minutes before finding Stock guilty.

Stock faces up to 12 years in prison for burglary, and another 10 years for possession of stolen things.

He’ll be sentenced on April 4.

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