'One-man crime wave' gets 6 years in prison

2014-06-10T00:05:00Z 2014-06-10T08:39:31Z 'One-man crime wave' gets 6 years in prisonPatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A man the prosecutor described as a “one-man crime wave” was sentenced to six years in prison for a string of burglaries on the Northwest side.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Lee sentenced Richard Thomas Houseman on Monday following a guilty plea in connection with numerous burglaries.

“He’s got a history of preying on other people,” Deputy Pima County Attorney William Pascoe said.

Pascoe described Houseman, 39, as a longtime criminal who committed scores of burglaries in and around Oro Valley and the Northwest side.

At one point, Pascoe said, Houseman faced an indictment alleging more than 20 counts of burglary.

Houseman also has a history of writing bad checks to purchase household items, clothing and even a stay at a resort.

In addition, Pascoe submitted court documents from Missouri and Rhode Island where Houseman also was convicted of numerous burglaries and breaking and entering crimes.

Houseman’s attorney, Janet Altschuler, said her client resorted to crime to support his wife and two children.

Altschuler said despite public assistance, Houseman and his wife struggled financially. She said he’s unable to maintain steady or well-paying employment because of lingering medical conditions.

Houseman pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary and one count of attempted fraudulent schemes and artifices on two separate criminal cases.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929

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