Published DateLACONIA — A local man who lived in both Gilmanton and Laconia pleaded guilty yesterday to 22 counts of burglary, one count of attempted burglary and one count of changing the markings on a firearm.
According victims who were at yesterday's sentencing, Daniel Roberts, 22, formerly of Allens Mills Road, wept as he pleaded "guilty" to each of the 22 counts of burglary.
"I'm glad it's over. Let's put it in the past and hope he makes a better life for himself," said one of three victims who lives on Lafayette Street in Laconia.
County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen said Roberts was sentenced to a total of six to 15 years in State Prison. She said he faces a suspended sentence of 15 to 30 years pending his good behavior. He was also ordered to pay $97,000 in restitution as part of his sentence.
Roberts and his two co-defendants were apprehended by the Gilmanton Police and detectives from Belmont just after Labor Day weekend in 2011 after police staked out his residence for the entire long weekend. Chief Joe Collins said at the time there had been a couple of burglaries in Gilmanton and he had gotten information regarding some suspicious activity in the house where Roberts and his co-defendants lived. Armed with a search warrant, police and members of the Belmont County Special Operations Unit entered the home shortly after the children had been but on a school bus.
Police recovered a number of firearms as well as a number of items stolen from as many as 22 homes in Belmont, Gilford, Gilmanton, Laconia and Sanbornton.
Co-defendant Jamie Peterson, 31, also of Allens Mills Road, pleaded guilty in March to one count each of burglary, attempted burglary and changing the markings on a firearm. He was sentenced to 12 months in the Belknap County House of Corrections with a suspended 7½-to-15 year prison sentence conditions upon his good behavior.
Co-defendant Jacqualin Oliver, 35, also of Allens Mills Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon. She was sentenced to 12 months in the house of corrections to be followed by two years of probation.
Note: Reporter Gail Ober lives in the immediate neighborhood of some of the victims. She is friends with one of them.