Dayton man sentenced in thefts, assault

Joshua L. Collins pleaded guilty last week to assorted charges related to two break-ins.

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DAYTON -- A Dayton man was sentenced last week in Columbia County Superior Court to a total of 50 months in prison after pleading guilty to several charges related to two incidents that occurred between Oct. 6 and 8.

Joshua L. Collins, 31, no address listed, pleaded guilty Thursday to residential burglary, theft of a firearm, and possession of a firearm, which occurred between Oct. 6 and Oct. 8. He also plead guilty to third-degree assault, fourth degree assault, and making false and misleading statements on Oct. 8.

In the first incident, Collins broke into a residence and stole two handguns, which were later found hidden at a relative's house. The guns were not discovered until after the second incident, when he broke into a house Oct. 8, was told to leave, then returned and attempted to choke an occupant of the house.

Collins was sentenced to 24 months for the charges related to the first incident, and 26 months for the charges related to the second incident. The sentences are to be served consecutively.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

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