A man accused of possessing a stolen car pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Joseph V. Daniel, 35, entered his plea in Franklin Circuit Court to one count of receiving stolen property under $10,000, a Class D felony. Prosecutors recommended a five-year prison sentence and took no position on probation.
According to court documents, officers found Daniel sleeping behind the steering wheel of a parked vehicle. When an officer woke Daniel and asked for permission to search the vehicle, Daniel said it was not his. Officers later determined the car was stolen earlier that day.
As part of a plea agreement, a second-degree persistent felony offender charge was dismissed.
The court also accepted a guilty plea from 35-year-old David Todd on charges of driving under the influence, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and other charges.
His sentences included:
• Driving under the influence, a Class A misdemeanor, fines, seven days in jail, one year of alcohol treatment (drug court) and a six-month license suspension.
• First-degree possession of a controlled substance, Class D felony, three years.
• Possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, 12 months.
• Third-degree possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor, 12 months.
• Driving on a suspended operator’s license, Class B misdemeanor, 90 days.
• Failure to maintain insurance, Class B misdemeanor, 90 days.
A count of no or expired registration plate was dismissed.