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LANCASTER, Pa.– A serial burglar received his longest prison sentence yet for two burglaries he committed last year at East Lampeter Township hotel rooms.

Willie Robertson, Jr., 51, has criminal convictions dating back to 1985 which include three separate felony burglary convictions. In total, Robertson has at least 18 separate criminal convictions and 17 violations of parole or probation. These convictions include DUI, drug-dealing, hit-and-run, theft, and providing false ID to police.

Now, Robertson will serve 5 to 12 years in state prison for burglarizing two rooms at Motor Lodge on Old Philadelphia Pike, where he took electronics and furnishings. A cigarette left inside of one of the rooms had Robertson’s DNA and was able to tie him to these break-ins. Police were able to obtain and execute a search warrant of Robertson’s South Ann Street home and found some of the stolen items.

A jury convicted Robertson in May of two counts of felony burglary and two misdemeanor counts of theft.

Lancaster County Judge Howard Knisely ordered a sentence at the high end of the state guidelines, telling Robertson that his life of crime factored into the decision.

Robertson apologized, citing his drug addiction as a motive in his crimes.