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Burglar sentenced to more than 8 years

A judge had some harsh words Monday afternoon for a burglary defendant being sentenced to more than eight years in state prison on burglary charges.

“Your time has run out,” Nevada County Superior Court Visiting Judge John Darlington said to Brendan Moore. “You’re looking at three strikes now. Any future felony could mean life in prison.

“I would have thought the last time would have been a wake-up (call),” Darlington continued “Sometimes, it’s time to man up.”

Moore, 27, had been caught mid-robbery by the owner of an Idaho-Maryland Road residence on March 30, and fled on a red children’s BMX bicycle. On April 5, Moore pleaded guilty to a burglary charge as part of a plea agreement that called for one year and four months in prison, plus five years and four months in connection with a June 2011 arrest.

He had previously pleaded guilty in August 2011 to two counts of burglary in connection with that arrest, and had agreed to complete a one-year residential drug treatment program. But he walked away from the program in October 2011.

Victim Larry Dittebrand said he took the day off from a scheduled vacation to speak at the sentencing, calling the burglary “appalling.”

“I have a different outlook on life now,” he said.

“We no longer feel safe and secure in our own home,” victim Michael Potter said in a letter to the court. “This has added much stress to our lives.”

Moore’s co-defendant in the March 30 burglary arrest, Gregory Pelletier, has pleaded not guilty to charges of burglary, possession of stolen property and being a felon in possession of ammunition. He is scheduled to be back in court May 10.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.

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