A Palmer man has admitted to poring over newspaper obituaries so he could rob the houses of families attending the funerals of loved ones.
Thomas Walker pleaded guilty to various charges including four counts of breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony.
The thefts last July were in Belchertown and South Hadley.
The defense and prosecutors agreed on a sentence of three to five years behind bars at a hearing on Tuesday.
But Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha Josephson called Walker?s actions despicable and added 10 years probation.
Sentencing was postponed until July because defendants are allowed to withdraw a plea when a judge exceeds the recommended sentence. The 20-year-old Walker, whom is a heroin addict according to his lawyer, said in court that he would accept it.