Tahoe burglar gets maximum sentence | RecordCourier.com

Tahoe burglar gets maximum sentence

A former Lake Tahoe resident was sentenced to 4-10 years in prison for taking $8,100 from a rental office.

It will be 2022 before Donald Freitas, 52, who is also serving a sentence for burglary in California, will be eligible for probation.

Freitas' victim testified that it was a fluke that much money was in the office at Doc's Cottages in Stateline.

"He was my tenant, I gave him work and let him stay there when he didn't have the rent," she testified on Tuesday, asking the judge to sentence him to the maximum. "I'm afraid to be alone. I'm so upset I can't get any work done."

She said that she won't get any money back from insurance, and District Judge Tod Young said he didn't believe Freitas would be able to pay the restitution.

"He doesn't need to be out hurting people," she said.

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Attorney Adam Spicer said his client was suffering from a brain aneurysm, asking the judge to sentence Freitas to a concurrent prison sentence for the burglary, saying the crimes occurred around the same time. Freitas was taken into custody on the California charges in August 2013, a few months after the June 14, 2013, Tahoe break-in.

Spicer said Freitas didn't expect to be released from California prison until October 2018.

Freitas said his constant headaches weren't an excuse for his criminal behavior.

Young agreed, sentencing him to the maximum and making the sentence consecutive.

"You've been a criminal for years," Young said. "You've violated every parole and probation you've ever been on."

Freitas was given credit for 118 days time served and ordered to return to Minden within 60 days of his release from prison to establish a payment plan for the $8,100 restitution.