Wilmington man heads to prison after breaking into home, firearm charges

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County man pleaded guilty firearm charges along with breaking into a home back in May.

On Wednesday, Richard Anthony Belotti, 54, pleaded guilty for the illegal possession of firearms as a convicted felon, felony breaking and entering, and injury to real property.

On April 21, Wilmington Police Department officers responded to a home off of Pine Grove Drive in response to a check welfare request by the sister of a young woman. Belotti lived there and officers were informed that he kept firearms there in violation of the law and the young woman was fearful of Belotti. Belotti denied that he owned any weapons and denied that there were weapons inside the house. Officers confirmed that Belotti had previously been convicted of a felony, and they located and seized five weapons.

He was charged with the unauthorized possession of the guns, he was given a $15,000 bond which he posted later that same day.

On May 16, WPD officers responded to a reported breaking and entering not far from the location where Belotti had been arrested on April 21. The reporting party informed officers that she had allowed Belotti to stay at her home for two nights and that she made him leave her home while she was at work. She did allow him to remain on her porch. When the reporting party came home from work on this date, she found her window had been broken, blood on the floor, and Belotti was walking off her back porch. He had entered her home without her permission and he had taken a steak and vodka belonging to the homeowner.

Belotti was treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for cuts on his hand from breaking the window. Based on his criminal history, Belotti received two suspended sentences of 17 to 30 months for the illegal possession of firearms and 10 to 21 months for the breaking and entering, with 36 months of supervised probation. He was ordered to pay $450 in restitution for the broken window.

He will be on electronic monitoring for the first six months of his probation, and he will have to obtain a mental health assessment and comply with all treatment recommendations.

Belotti has been ordered to have no contact with both the victim of the breaking and entering and the witness in the firearms investigation.

The firearms were ordered forfeited to the Wilmington Police Department.

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