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Delavan man pleads guilty in Elkhorn break-in

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Gazette Staff
September 25, 2010
— A Delavan man pleaded guilty Friday to breaking into an Elkhorn home, having sex with his girlfriend on the homeowners’ bed, stealing jewelry, smoking pot and drinking a small bottle of rum.

Justin Knowlton, 18, will be sentenced Dec. 1 on a burglary charge, which carries a prison term of up to 12 years. Walworth County Judge Robert Kennedy accepted Knowlton’s plea.


The couple who own the home noticed something was amiss when they returned home Jan. 21 and found a door in the garage ajar, their bed messy and an empty rum bottle on the floor, according to a criminal complaint.


They also discovered three bracelets were missing from the bedroom, according to the complaint.


Police sent drinking glasses, the empty bottle and stained sheets to the state crime lab in Milwaukee to obtain fingerprint and DNA analysis.


Fingerprints lifted from the bottle and from one of the drinking glasses prints that the state has on file for Knowlton, according to the complaint.


On an unrelated criminal matter, Knowlton also pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of child abuse. He also will be sentenced Dec. 1 for that crime.



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