SOUTHINGTON - A New Britain teen has been sentenced to nine months in prison after his fingerprints were found on a stolen vehicle last August in Southington.
Osvaldo Vellon, 18, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of use of a motor vehicle without permission on Thursday, during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court. The plea was part of a deal offered by state prosecutors, in which a felony charge of second-degree larceny was not pursued.
According to court documents, Vellon stole a 2011 Infiniti from a driveway on Minthal Drive sometime overnight between Aug. 5 and 6. The vehicle, worth about $20,000, was unlocked and had its key fob in the center console.
The vehicle was found two days later in New Britain. Southington police searched the car and submitted a fingerprint found to the state’s Forensic Science Laboratory. According to police, the print was later traced back to Vellon in October.
When he was charged on Jan. 19 in the Southington vehicle theft, Vellon had already been held in custody, having been convicted in a similar case last fall. On Nov. 20, he pleaded guilty to one count each of fourth-degree larceny and engaging police in pursuit, and was sentenced to a year in prison.
In that case, Bristol police said Vellon stole a 2014 Honda Accord - valued at about $16,000 - from a gas station on Middle Street, shortly before 10 p.m. on Aug. 16.
His sentence handed down on Thursday will run concurrent with the Bristol car theft, but it will add to his time behind bars, Vellon’s attorney, Peter Matthews, said.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.