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Stonington burglary cases resolved with prison terms, restitution orders

By Karen Florin

Publication: theday.com

Published July 17. 2014 12:11PM   Updated July 18. 2014 12:11AM

Two men who burglarized four Pawcatuck homes in January, including one that was occupied by its sleeping owner, have pleaded guilty in New London Superior Court and been sentenced to prison time.

Lenny K. Fayerweather, 26, was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison followed by three years of special parole for second-degree burglary and three counts of third-degree burglary.

Emmanuel Fonseca, 22, was sentenced July 10 to seven years in prison, suspended after three years served, followed by four years of probation for first-degree burglary at night.

Both have been ordered to repay the victims while on probation.

Both men were living at the Elm Tree Inn at 98 W. Broad St. when they committed the crimes, according to Stonington police.

On Jan. 26, 2013, the resident of a Timber Ridge Drive home was sleeping when he was awakened at 12:13 a.m. when Fonseca opened his bedroom door and shined a flashlight in his face, according to prosecutor Rafael Bustamante. The men fled the home, but the occupant reported they had stolen electronics and cash valued at $2,200.

They also burglarized homes on Courtland Street, Lathrop Street and Palmer Street, according to Bustamante.

During Fayerweather’s court appearance, Judge Hillary B. Strackbein told him he was getting “a really good deal” based on the seriousness of the crime. Fayerweather was represented by attorney Jennifer Nowak from the public defender’s office.

The judge told Fayerweather he would have to get “a real job” when he is released from prison because he will be required to make restitution to the victims.

k.florin@theday.com

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