LANSING, N.Y. — A Lansing man who confessed to stealing jewelry and prescription pills from his landlord in December was sentenced to prison Monday afternoon.

Timothy Whitmore, 30, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted burglary in June and was sentenced to three years in prison and five years of post release supervision. Restitution has not been decided.

“This is not the kind of life I had planned for myself. The drugs are so terrible I just had no control when I used them,” Whitmore said after his sentence.

According to court documents, Whitmore burglarized his landlord on the 500 block of Lansing Station Road twice in December.

He confessed to stealing gold jewelry — a necklace, rings and 119 prescription painkiller pills — from the home on Dec. 7. On Christmas Day, the landlord caught him in her home without her permission and later realized she was missing more jewelry.

The records show that Whitmore’s fiancee, Tasa D. Towsley, sold the jewelry at Ithaca Mall and Schooley’s Jewelers.

Whitmore was originally charged with two felony county of second-degree burglary.

Whitmore’s attorney Thomas Kheel said during court that his client was caught up in drug culture and addiction, but that with treatment and his family’s help, has the chance to live a law abiding life when released from prison.

Julie Whitmore, the defendant’s mother, said at the sentencing, “I hope that (during) his stay in prison, he has opportunities to be in groups and rehab and maybe learn some other skills.”

Judge John Rowley said he has faith in the correctional facility to provide the defendant with opportunities to overcome his addiction.

Whitmore was sentenced as a predicate felon. According to records, he’s previously been convicted of third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

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