A Bethlehem man whose spilled blood led police to charge him with a 2012 burglary in a Monocacy Street home will serve time in state prison.

Northampton County Judge Anthony Beltrami ordered Darrill Joseph Dupree to serve between two years 11 months and five years 10 months behind bars, followed by four years and two months of probation.

Dupree must also pay $2,575 in restitution to the residents whose property he stole.

According to court records, a resident of the home in the 1700 block of Monocacy Street reported a burglary during the day on Feb. 2, 2012. The burglar took a digital camera worth $175 and $2,400 worth of jewelry.

Bethlehem police investigating the crime discovered drops of blood throughout the house, and sent samples to the Pennsylvania State Police crime lab for testing.

The tests revealed the blood samples matched Dupree's DNA, which was part of a national database because of his prior offenses for drugs and burglary in New York and New Jersey.

Dupree pleaded guilty May 2 to a felony charge of burglary.

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