A Long Beach burglar who left behind DNA when he made off with jewelry after home break-ins is heading to prison, authorities said Monday.
A judge sentenced Joseph Moss, 43, to 16 years to life in prison in connection with two 2010 burglaries, the Nassau district attorney's office said.
Prosecutors said Moss' prior convictions for burglary and attempted robbery were a factor in his sentencing.
Moss broke into homes on Maryland Avenue and Kentucky Street, stealing jewelry that included a college ring and a college national championship ring with the owner's name engraved in them, according to authorities.
Police found the rings in a Brooklyn pawnshop.
Moss also left keys to his home behind at one place, along with items at both scenes that had DNA matching his sample in a state database.
Attorney Robert Schalk represented Moss at the sentencing and said the defendant plans to appeal the jury's guilty verdict.