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WARREN, Pa. — A Jamestown man has entered guilty pleas to numerous charges stemming from several burglaries in Warren County, Pa., in 2015.

William J. Lewis, 52, was charged by Warren-based Pennsylvania State Police last November for five different thefts that occurred between Oct. 21, 2015, and Nov. 2, 2015.

The first slate of charges stems from a Oct. 21 incident at 2209 Route 957.

Lewis and a co-conspirator, Eric Lewis, his son, allegedly stole four guns, jewelry, a computer and a firesafe valued at $6,397.35 from the residence.

The next day, police said Lewis allegedly burglarized a residence at 891 Townline Road, taking jewelry valued at $800.

Four days later on Oct. 26, Lewis allegedly broke into a residence at 4114 Old State Road and took $200 in U.S. currency and damaged a door and a door jam in the process. Charges of burglary — overnight accommodation, no person present, conspiracy (burglary), criminal trespass — break into structure, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief – damage property were filed for that burglary.

On Oct. 29, Lewis was allegedly involved in a theft at 1900 Cider Mill Hill Road where the two men stole jewelry, coins and a lock box with the total value of $1,000.

The final burglary alleged occurred on Nov. 2, 2015, at 7545 Old State Road where the men took jewelry, a machete and work boots valued at $108.

He pled guilty to a total of 10 charges — the same two at each of the five dockets: Conspiracy (burglary — overnight accommodation, no person present) and theft by unlawful taking.

Each of the conspiracy to commit burglary charges are first-degree felonies and come with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine, Hammond said.

In exchange for the plea, numerous charges were withdrawn including five counts of burglary — overnight accommodation, no person present, five counts of criminal trespass, five counts of receiving stolen property and three counts of criminal mischief.

Chief Public Defender John Parroccini, Lewis’ attorney, said that the Commonwealth had no objection to concurrent sentences but noted that Lewis is aware there is no guarantee.

“We agree that it’s up to your honor,” First Assistant District Attorney Cody Brown told Hammond, who said that the sentences could be issued consecutively.

Eric Lewis is currently awaiting trial and remains incarcerated in the Warren County Jail.