GUILDERLAND — A man who left a blood trail after breaking into a Heartland Drive home in 2010 pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary, a Class C violent felony, in Albany County Court on Tuesday.
Currently a prisoner in New Hampshire State Prison for an unrelated crime, Kenneth Willete, 36, kicked in a basement window of a Guilderland home to steal jewelry, electronics, money, and sports memorabilia in June of 2010, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.
When the homeowner returned, Willete confronted him before driving off, the release said.
Willete was identified by his DNA, taken from a blood sample left after breaking the window.
The sentencing will be on March 25. Willete could serve nine years in New York State prison and five years of post-release supervision as a second felony offender.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Matthew Hauf of the Major Offenses Unit, and the plea was heard by Judge Stephen Herrick.