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Valencia Commercial-Burglary Brothers Both Take Plea Deals

Two Valencia brothers are now serving sentences for a string of commercial burglaries that ended with their arrests in October, according to a District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Tuesday.


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“Jonathan Newell, 43, pleaded guilty to three counts, which were all commercial burglary counts,” according to a court official who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Jonathan Newell agreed late Monday to the sentence.

Newell is expected to start a four-years, four-month sentence in county jail April 9, when he comes back to Los Angeles Superior Court in San Fernando for sentencing.

Robert Newell, 38, and Jonathan Newell, 43, took separate deals, and both are serving their time at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic.

Both Newell brothers were arrested by deputies on Oct. 1 at 3:30 a.m. on burglary charges, according to Sheriff’s Station arrest records.

The brothers’ burglaries took place in Saugus and Canyon Country.

Robert Newell, whose occupation was listed as a security officer, took a deal in November of last year for two two-year sentences that will be served concurrently.

He was given 730 days, but his estimated release date is September of this year, and that could be adjusted based on the local prison population.

Jonathan Newell, who was out on parole under AB 109, the Post-Release Community Supervision Act, was sentenced to four years and four months.

AB 109 is a controversial 2011 law that grants early parole to offenders whose crimes are considered, nonviolent and nonsexual.

Judge Lloyd Nash is presiding over the case.


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