Kingsley man sentenced in burglaries

A Susquehanna County man charged with a series of burglaries in the Harveys Lake area was sentenced in Luzerne County Court on Wednesday.

Daniel Browning, 29, of Kingsley, was ordered to serve 18 to 36 months in prison on three burglary charges, according to his attorney, William Watt. The sentences were handed down by Judge Tina Polachek Gartley.
Browning pleaded guilty to the offenses earlier this year, said Assistant District Attorney Albert Yacoub. The incidents took place in August and September 2009.
The incidents involved breaking into several cars and garages, Watt said.
According to Watt, Browning was sentenced to serve six to 12 months on each of three burglary charges, and Polachek Gartley ordered the sentences be served consecutively.
As part of his plea agreement, Browning will pay restitution to the victims amounting to around $8,000, Watt said. There were several other incidents in the same time frame that Browning was charged with, Watt said, that were dropped in the agreement.
Watt stated that Browning admitted committing the burglaries because of his drug addiction.
“He’s now been sober for a period of time, and he looks back and sees how awful these acts were,” Watt said.
Browning may not have to serve his full sentence, Watt said.
According to the attorney, Browning will be eligible for parole after 13-1/2 months, on the condition that he enter a court-supervised rehabilitation program.
The type of treatment will be decided at a future parole hearing, Watt said. It could involve either in-patient or out-patient treatment.