Burglar takes plea deal, 29-month sentence

Published on Monday, 20 November 2017 22:48


SOUTHINGTON - A Waterbury man has pleaded guilty to a number of Southington car break-ins.

David Sanchez, 44, accepted a plea bargain in Bristol Superior Court that will include serving 29 months in prison. He pleaded guilty to eight counts of third-degree burglary.

Sanchez had been charged in 15 break-ins. But, in exchange for the pleas, a number of larceny and criminal mischief charges, as well as an additional seven counts of third-degree burglary, were dropped.

Sanchez had been sentenced in another court to five years in prison. His attorney, prosecutor Ronald Dearstyne said, tried to convince state prosecutors to agree to run that sentence concurrent with the 29-month sentence in the Southington cases.

Given the number of cars Sanchez broke into, Dearstyne said he felt the two sentences should run consecutively - which is what was ultimately imposed.

According to police, the nighttime car break-ins occurred in late 2016. Officers collected fingerprints and DNA samples, sending them to the state lab

Court officials on Monday said some of the victims asked for restitution, as thousands of dollars worth of goods were reported missing. But restitution, Dearstyne said, was not part of the plea deal.

According to police, Sanchez’s previous criminal history includes convictions of various degrees of larceny, sale of illegal drugs, running from police, forgery, assault on emergency personnel, interfering with police and criminal trespassing.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com. Follow Justin Muszynski on Twitter@muszynskiBP.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, Southington Herald on Monday, 20 November 2017 22:48. Updated: Monday, 20 November 2017 22:50.