ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Career criminal Donny Brown’s thieving ways have come to an end, for now. Bernalillo County District Court Judge Brett Loveless sentenced Brown on Thursday to 20.5 years in prison for charges such as stealing a car and burglarizing a home. Brown will only have to serve 8 of those years behind bars and the rest on supervised probation.
According to Albuquerque Police, Brown has racked up more than 50 arrests since 1995. Most of his offenses are for theft and burglary. In almost every instance, Brown was given a break by the judge to turn his life around. Brown has blamed his crimes on an addiction to meth.
Brown and his attorney made one final plea to the judge on Thursday to delay sentencing and let him attend drug counseling. Judge Loveless told Brown’s attorney it’s a plea and excuse he’s heard before.
“I remember that same argument when I let him out to get treatment in January,” said Judge Loveless. “And I have the distinct memory, correct me if I’m wrong, which puts you in a bit of a difficult situation.”
Once he is released from prison, Brown will be monitored by an electronic ankle bracelet while on probation. He will also have to complete drug counseling courses.
Police say Brown has been arrested more than 50 times since 1995.