Eloy man sentenced to more than decade in prison in case involving armed home invasion

(FLORENCE, AZ) - An Eloy man has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison relating to an armed home invasion in the City of Maricopa.

On June 5th, 2023, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Jason Holmberg sentenced Kristofer Thornhill, 27, to 10.5 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Thornhill pled guilty to Burglary in the First Degree, a Class 2 Dangerous Felony.

In December 2022, the Maricopa Police Department responded to a home for a call of a home invasion robbery. The victim was inside the home when he noticed someone trying to open the doorknob. When the victim opened the door, two men with guns entered the home and told the victims they would not harm them but wanted to know where the 'stuff' was. Later, the victims were able to identify Thornhill as one of the men, and who they reported entered the home with a duffle bag. The second suspect, later identified by the victims as Freddie Madrid, pointed a rifle-type firearm at one of the victims and ordered him to lay on the ground. During this encounter, one of the victims was able to leave the home and seek help at a neighbor's house.

At this point, Thornhill and Madrid left the home and hopped into a waiting vehicle. Responding officers were able to locate Madrid and Thornhill in a Ford Excursion after it left the scene.