BURNETT COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced a man for a conviction on burglary charges in Burnett County Circuit Court.
DrydenWire.com reported in December 2016 that Joseph Vendela was facing felony charges following an investigation by Burnett County and Polk County law enforcement into the theft of two vehicles, a Honda ATV and numerous other items.
During the course of the investigation law enforcement discovered that one of the vehicles stolen, a 1986 Chevrolet truck, had been sold to a scrapyard where it was later crushed. Other items taken including copper wiring and assorted aluminum and tin were also sold to the scrapyard.
The other vehicle, a 1978 Ford F150 truck, the Honda ATV, a chainsaw, a power chair, a gas tank and a gasket set were recovered for their owners; however, the items had all sustained loss in value due to damage or from being dismantled.
Vendela was charged with Felony Burglary of a Dwelling, a Class F Felony; Theft of Movable Property valued in excess of $2,500, a Class I Felony; and Criminal Damage to Property, a Class A Misdemeanor.
At a recent hearing in Burnett County Circuit Court, Vendela was sentenced on his charge of Class F Felony Burglary of a Dwelling, with the remaining charges having been dismissed but read in at a previous hearing.
The Court ordered an imposed sentence of 8 years probation for Vendela. Should Vendela’s probation be revoked, he faces an imposed and stayed sentence of 5 years initial confinement in State Prison to be followed by 3 years of extended supervision. Conditions of probation require Vendela to pay restitution of $7,655.87 and undergo an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment.
On a separate conviction for Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, the Court ordered Vendela to serve 1 year in the county jail.
Online circuit court records indicate that Vendela has additional cases stemming from separate incidents still pending in Burnett County Circuit Court, and is scheduled to appear again in November 2020 regarding those charges which include Felony Bail Jumping and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
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