SOUTHINGTON - A Waterbury man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after his DNA was found in a car stolen from Southington.
Moses Gonzalez, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree larceny Friday at a hearing in Bristol Superior Court. The plea bargain included an 18-month prison sentence with no probation.
Gonzalez was charged Friday and accepted a plea deal at his arraignment. His sentence will run concurrent to a four-year sentence he is serving in connection with other cases.
According to the arrest warrant, a Mount Vernon Road resident reported on Feb. 17, 2016, that a 2006 BMW 525xi had been stolen from his driveway during the night. He said he had bought the car about two months earlier for $9,000.
The car was found in Waterbury a month later.
The warrant said fingerprints and DNA samples were taken from the car.
DNA extracted from the end of a cigarette butt in the vehicle matched that of Gonzalez, the warrant said.
When officers spoke to him in December 2016, Gonzalez told them that a group of juveniles in Waterbury regularly steals vehicles in other towns and rents them to local residents for cash payments. Gonzalez said that was likely how his DNA ended up in a stolen car.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.