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New Jersey Man Sentenced to State Prison for State College Burglary

by on February 12, 2014 6:25 AM

Centre County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Grine sentenced a New Jersey man to state prison Tuesday for his role in a felony apartment burglary.

The judge sentenced Desmond Brifu, 21, of New Jersey, to one to two years in state prison followed by two years of probation for burglary, theft and criminal trespass.

In November, a jury found Brifu guilty for the Jan. 17, 2013 incident which happened while he was attending a party in the Legend apartment complex.

Authorities say that during the early morning hours, Brifu left the party and entered an apartment next door while two occupants were asleep. Brifu walked out of the apartment with two Apple computers, an iPad, and an iPhone.

Surveillance video cameras helped police crack the case. Police say Brifu tried to hide his face from the first camera he passed, but he apparently didn't notice a second camera. Video from the second camera was posted on the State College police website. An anonymous caller identified Brifu as the burglar.

At sentencing Brifu's attorney argued the incident was a prank and presented character evidence claiming he was not a thief. Prosecutors told the court that Brifu was arrested and convicted for retail theft from a Walmart store just a few months after charges were filed in this case.

District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in a prepared statement, "Repeatedly walking into someone else's home and stealing their computers while they sleep isn't funny. The defendant is fortunate he lived to lie about it."

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