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Bryant Lamont Kemper Pleads Guilty to Breaking and Entering and
May 21, 2007
For Immediate Release
Bryant Lamont Kemper, age 26,
pled guilty to breaking and entering and the malicious wounding of William
Edward Janowski on January 4, 2007.
Officers of the Lynchburg Police Department responded to 1314 14th Street
just shortly after midnight for a fight in progress. Upon arrival the
officers located Kemper and another individual attempting to leave the
residence. Inside, officers found the victim of this offense, William
Janowski, unresponsive and lying in a pool of blood in the laundry room of
the residence. Officers were able to observe that Janowski had suffered
three severe lacerations to his skull and his ear was slashed into several
pieces. Nearby, a bloody vacuum cleaner was found by officers and identified
as the weapon used to beat Janowski.
During an interview with Investigator Robert Moore of the Lynchburg Police
Department, Kemper admitted that he and the other individual had gone to the
residence at 1314 14th Street in order to confront Janowski about an
incident that had occurred earlier in the day between Janowski and a female
tenant of the residence. Kemper told Investigator Moore that Janowski had
pulled a knife on him during the confrontation but that he was able to get
the knife away from Janowski after being stabbed one time in the abdomen.
Kemper then told Moore that he hit and kicked Janowski until he was “put to
sleep.” Janowski was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital that night
where he remains in the care of the Skilled Care Unit suffering from long
term brain injury. Blood spatter analysis indicated that Janowski had been
struck at least seven times with the vacuum cleaner during the altercation.
A witness would have testified that before she left Kemper at the residence
she observed him kicking in the door to Janowski’s room which was found
lying on the floor when officers arrived.
Kemper will be sentenced on September 7, 2007 by Judge Mosby G. Perrow III
in the Lynchburg Circuit Court after the trial of his co-defendant.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys, Gretchen
Hutt and Rebecca Wetzel.