- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A New Town woman accused of nearly three dozen felonies stemming from two burglary sprees in Williston has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Authorities arrested Brittany Foote in August 2014 and linked her to a lengthy series of break-ins, eventually charging her with 37 offenses, including 34 felonies.

The list included theft, burglary and drug allegations. She was accused of stealing cash, credit cards and other valuables from homes and vehicles across Williston during two separate strings of summertime break-ins. She eventually was caught by a homeowner who found her in his basement with a purse full of stolen items.

Foote reached a plea deal with prosecutors and was sentenced this week to four years for that incident. State District Judge David Nelson tacked on another three years for numerous other charges to which she pleaded guilty, the Williston Herald reported (http://bit.ly/1qdRhLt ).

Foote was given credit for about 1½ years she already has spent behind bars. She will be on supervised probation for five years after her release.

Foote declined to speak during her Monday sentencing hearing, which was attended by several of her victims. Defense attorney Monty Mertz called the sentence fair.

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Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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