Breckenridge in Court

By: Cheryn Stone Email
By: Cheryn Stone Email

A man police say they've been after for a long time had his day in court Thursday. William Breckenridge was linked by DNA to two crimes in Albemarle County.

Breckenridge was in court on eight felony charges. A jury found him guilty of 7. These charges include breaking and entering and grand larceny.

Attorneys say they stem from 5 incidents from November of 2006 to February of 2007.

Breckenridge was on trial for a string of burglaries in the county, near the Hessian Hills and Canterbury apartment communities.

The defense conceded guilt on 3 of the charges. They said they could not overcome the DNA evidence in two of those charges.

In court Thursday, the prosecution said Breckenridge has made a career out of terrorizing this community. They asked the jury to consider his lengthy criminal record as they deliberated sentencing. The defense asked the jury to consider Breckinridge's age. At 41 years old, they requested the jury not give him a life sentence.

The jury recommended 22 years in prison.

In court, the defense asked that sentencing begin, so they could start the appeal process. That request was denied.

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