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An Amherst man was sentenced Wednesday to 5½ years in in prison after admitting to a burglary and two attempted break-ins.

Brandon Longo, 23, of Sheridan Drive, had pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary for breaking into an Amherst home through a garage door on June 14, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank E. Sedita III. During the burglary, Longo unsuccessfully tried to remove copper pipes, causing water damage to the home. He stole silverware, video games and other small items.

The total loss from the break-in was $11,854.

When he committed that crime, Longo was awaiting sentencing after having pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree attempted burglary for incidents on Dec. 14 and. 16.

Erie County Judge Michael Pietruszka sentenced him to 3½ years in prison for the Amherst break-in and ordered him to make $1,000 restitution to the victim to cover the deductible on his insurance claim for the loss.

The judge ordered that sentence to run consecutively to the two-year prison sentences he gave Longo for the December burglaries and directed him to make restitution of $6,338 and $1,364 to those victims.