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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
For Immediate Release
Jacqueline C. Romero, United States Attorney
www.justice.gov/usao-edpa
Thursday, November 17, 2022

Third Philadelphia Man Sentenced to 12 Years for 2018 South Philadelphia Home Invasion Robbery and Assault of Owners’ Teenage Daughter

That Man’s Father Was Also Charged and Sentenced for Concealing His Son’s Involvement in the Crime by Deleting Phone Records

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Khairyi Burgess, 23, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $1,000,000 in restitution by United States District Court Judge R. Barclay Surrick for his participation in a home invasion robbery during which the defendant and his accomplices victimized the homeowners’ teenage daughter and stole approximately $1 million in currency and jewelry. Burgess’ father, Edward Burgess, was also sentenced to time served plus a period of supervised release for his role in obstructing justice after the robbery by wiping his son’s cell phone of information.

In March 2022, the defendant pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, Hobbs Act Robbery and brandishing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime in connection with the robbery incident in August 2018. According to court documents, Burgess and three co-defendants, including Demetrius Ceasar and Shaquan Johnson, victimized the 17-year-old girl in her home while stealing the cash and valuables owned by her parents. Specifically, while she lay sleeping around midnight, the men entered her bedroom, pulled her from her bed, and struck her several times. They then held her at gunpoint and robbed her family of their life savings—the proceeds of their restaurant business a block-and-a-half away on Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia. Ceasar was previously sentenced to seven years and three months in prison, and Johnson was previously sentenced to eleven years in prison.

Following the robbery, Edward Burgess deleted all information on his son’s cell phone in an attempt to prevent investigators from learning of Khaiyri’s involvement, a crime for which he pleaded guilty in May 2022.

“The younger Burgess and his accomplices not only victimized a family by violating the sanctity of their home and stealing their life savings, the elder Burgess attempted to cover up the crime and help his son evade justice,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “The sentencing results in this case should serve as a warning to others who might be considering engaging in similar behavior – either by committing violent crimes or protecting those who do.”

“ATF, the Philadelphia Police Department, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have worked closely with the victims in this case to seek justice for this violent crime,” said Eric DeGree, acting Special Agent in charge of ATF’s Philadelphia Field Division. “No one deserves what this family went through, and our hope is that some solace can be found in the finality of this sentencing.”

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Carissimi and former Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Damiani.

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