SOUTHINGTON - A New Britain man has been spared prison time after pleading guilty to leading police on a car chase in October and breaking into a local woman’s home.
George Degrandis, 39, was given a five-year, suspended sentence after doing well in a substance abuse treatment program, officials said at his sentencing Thursday in Bristol Superior Court. He received three years of probation.
Ronald Dearstyne, the prosecutor, said Degrandis had spent about three months locked up on bond, and that the complainant in the case did not wish for further jail time. These factors contributed to Degrandis being given an offer that allowed him the opportunity to earn a suspended sentence. He pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to one count each of third-degree burglary, violation of a protective order and engaging police in pursuit.
Had he not done well in treatment, Degrandis could have been sentenced to as many as five years in prison.
Southington police said Degrandis on Oct. 27 went to an ex-girlfriend’s home and broke in. He fled when the woman called police. According to police, there was a protective order active that prohibited contact between Degrandis and the victim.
Degrandis, police said, took the woman’s dog and got into a vehicle. Shortly thereafter, Southington officers spotted him driving and tried to pull him over. Police said Degrandis continued driving and got onto I-84 eastbound. The chase continued onto Route 72, where he got off the highway in New Britain.
New Britain police officers assisted in the chase, but Degrandis drove onto Route 9 south and was not stopped until Middletown, where state police used stop sticks to disable his vehicle.
Police said Degrandis had also entered into the same woman’s home without permission on Oct. 1 and Oct. 18.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.