SOUTHINGTON - A Waterbury man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after his DNA was found in a car stolen from Southington.
Moses Gonzalez, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree larceny Friday during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court. The plea bargain included an 18-month prison sentence with no probation.
Gonzalez was charged in the car theft Friday and took a plea deal at his arraignment. His sentence will run concurrent to a four-year sentence he’s serving in connection with multiple other cases.
According to the arrest warrant, a Mount Vernon Road resident on Feb. 17, 2016, reported that a 2006 BMW 525xi had been stolen out of his driveway sometime overnight. He said he had purchased the vehicle about two months earlier for $9,000.
The vehicle was later found in Waterbury a month after it was reported stolen.
The warrant said multiple fingerprints and DNA samples were taken from car.
DNA extracted from the end of a cigarette butt in the vehicle later matched that of Gonzalez, the warrant said. When officers spoke to him in December 2016, he told them that a group of juveniles in Waterbury regularly steals vehicles from other towns and rents them out to locals for cash payments. Gonzalez said this is likely how his DNA ended up in a stolen car.
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