A Cheektowaga man who broke into three homes and six businesses in the suburbs during a four-month period in 2012 has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison.

Erie Count Judge Thomas P. Franczyk imposed the prison term last week on Kevin J. Zimmerman, the last of three defendants sentenced in a string of suburban break-ins staged to support their heroin habit.

Zimmerman, 24, of Ellen Drive, had pleaded guilty last year to three counts of second-degree burglary for breaking into homes in Amherst and Cheektowaga in December 2012.

He also pleaded guilty to six counts of third-degree burglary, admitting that, along with his brother Jeffrey M. Zimmerman and Alfred R. Tatman, he broke into businesses in Amherst, Clarence, Alden, Akron, West Seneca and Elma between September and December 2012.

Franczyk ordered the state prison term to run concurrently with a 15-year federal prison term he received in U.S. District Court in Buffalo on a weapon charge.

Jeffrey Zimmerman, 30, also of Ellen Drive, Cheektowaga, was sentenced last November to more than 12 years in federal prison on a weapon charge linked to the break-ins. He also received a state prison term of six to 12 years, which Franczyk ordered to run concurrently with the federal term. He had pleaded guilty to eight counts of third-degree burglary for break-ins in November and December 2012 at suburban businesses.

Tatman, 27, of Big Tree Road, Orchard Park, had pleaded guilty to eight counts of third-degree burglary and was sentenced to three to nine years in state prison.

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