A Revere man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of breaking and entering while being a habitual offender, according to Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office.
Patrick Wiswall, 41, was found guilty on Tuesday of breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony and larceny under $250, following a five-day trial at the Middle Superior Court, according to a statement from the district attorney’s office. A judge convicted him of being a habitual offender on Friday.
He also received one year in jail for the larceny charge concurrent with his 10-year sentence, said the statement.
Wiswall was arrested after an off-duty Medford police officer, who was at home in Medford, noticed a car circling his neighborhood, park near another house, then saw Wiswall leave the car and return minutes later at about 11 a.m. on February 1, 2010.
After Wiswall left, the officer checked the house and found that it had been broken into and was missing several items of jewelry. Later that day, Revere Police saw him leave a pawn shop in Revere, and then quickly enter and exit a nearby building, where they found the missing jewelry.
“This defendant has repeatedly violated the law and has a lengthy history of engaging in violent assaults and property crimes,” District Attorney Ryan said in the statement. “In considering his history, and by charging the defendant as a habitual offender, we were able to ask the court to hold the defendant for the maximum sentence permissible under the sentencing guidelines.”Jeff Fish can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org