Messy burglar gets jail term
An Elkhorn man was placed on four years probation and ordered to spend 10 months in the Walworth County Jail for breaking into a home and stealing jewelry.
Police were led to Justin Knowlton, 18, by an empty rum bottle, drinking glasses and a messy bed, according to a criminal complaint.
Prior to taking three bracelets, Knowlton had sex with his girlfriend on the homeowners' bed, smoked pot and drank a bottle of rum, according to a criminal complaint.
Police lifted fingerprints from the glasses used to drink the rum and DNA from the bed sheets.
Knowlton pleaded guilty in September to a charge of burglary for the Jan. 21 break-in. He was sentenced Dec. 1 by Judge Robert Kennedy.
Knowlton's sentence includes punishment for an unrelated child abuse charge.