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Published February 15, 2013, 02:54 PM

Bismarck man sentenced for burglaries

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a 47-year-old man to 20 years in prison for entering or attempting to enter Bismarck homes and peering into bedrooms.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a 47-year-old man to 20 years in prison for entering or attempting to enter Bismarck homes and peering into bedrooms.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that convicted sex offender Donald Gerald pleaded guilty in December to seven counts of burglary, two counts of attempted burglary, two counts of surreptitious intrusion and one count of criminal trespass.

Police had warned people in Bismarck to keep their doors locked after numerous burglaries in northwest Bismarck from July 2011 through October 2011, including several in which homeowners encountered a man in their homes in the middle of the night.

South Central District Judge David Reich listened Friday to six victims explain how Gerald's actions shattered their senses of security and safety in their own homes.

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