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Convicted felon gets 4 years for stealing $20 in burglary

October 30, 2019

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A convicted felon who admitted to breaking into a western New Mexico business and stealing less than $20 has been sentenced to four years in prison.

The Gallup Independent reports Chad Gonzales was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to non-residential burglary and confessing that he stole $18.90.

Authorities located Gonzales through DNA samples after he cut himself during the break-in.

The 37-year-old Gonzales entered into the repeat offender plea agreement, admitting that he was convicted of possession of a controlled substance in February 2012 and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in February 2015.

Under the plea agreement, the prosecution dropped charges of larceny and criminal damage to property.

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Information from: Gallup Independent, http://www.gallupindependent.com