Judge imposes lengthy term because of previous convictions

A man with a history of burglary and theft convictions was sentenced to 45 years in prison for breaking into a rural Franklin house and fighting with the homeowner.

Jeffrey L. Daniel, 40, Stilesville, was found guilty in a jury trial of burglary resulting in bodily injury. The maximum sentence he could have faced was 50 years in prison.

Daniel received a lengthy sentence because he has been to prison for burglary four times and was still on parole from his latest burglary conviction when he was arrested. He also injured the homeowner during the crime, which also led to the longer sentence, Johnson Superior Court 3 Judge Lance Hamner said.

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