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BROOKSVILLE - Floyd Patterson, 56, was sentenced to 32 months in prison Friday for burglarizing a dwelling.

Patterson and two others were arrested in September after they were seen breaking into a house on Ponce de Leon Boulevard, law enforcement officials said.

Patterson, of Dade City, later was apprehended by deputies while walking down a street.

Hernando Today previously reported Patterson said he hopped a fence and entered the residence for a drink of water, but co-defendants Tonya Patterson and Darlene Romero admitted they broke into the house and took items from it.

Assistant State Attorney Jeffrey Schlemmer said Friday the stolen items were found in a vehicle in which Patterson was riding.

Court records show Patterson was convicted on two counts of grand theft in 2011.

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Debra Daines, arrested in August on charges of arson, on Thursday was sentenced to four years in prison.

Daines admitted setting fire to her neighbor's unoccupied Pinehurst Drive home, and later told investigators she did so because she didn't want the homeowner to return home when he was released from jail.

The 55-year-old woman told authorities she ignited a sleeping bag on the porch of the house at 7882 Pinehurst Drive, using the wick from a camping lantern.

The fire spread from the porch into the kitchen, according to the sheriff's office.

Daines has been held in the Hernando County Jail since her Aug. 8 arrest.

After her release, Daines will serve 10 years probation. Terms include no alcohol, mental health counseling, community service and no contact with the victim.

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Former UPS Senior Manager Scott Astringer, arrested in May on charges of burglary and grand theft, will serve six months in the Hernando County jail and five years of probation.

Astringer acknowledged planning and carrying out two burglaries at a UPS shipping center on Broad Street in Brooksville.

Brooksville Police Chief George Turner previously told Hernando Today his department, along with UPS corporate security, spent nearly six months investigating Astringer, 39. Law enforcement officials believe he gave his keys to a suspect to access safes and suggested when to enter the building.

Items taken included electronics, jewelry, gold coins and oxycodone, Turner said.

Astringer, of Spring Hill, must pay $7,390 restitution to his former employer and perform community service.

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