A career criminal who stole drugs in a nighttime burglary at a Cambridge pharmacy and illegally possessed a firearm has been sentenced to seven and a half years in federal prison.

Daniel Greenwood, 43, also was ordered to pay $14,188 in restitution for the stolen drugs, the damage to the Kinney Drugs on Route 15 during the break-in Oct. 15, 2017, and for court costs.

Judge Christina Reiss told the Orleans County man that, when he gets out of prison, he will continue under federal supervision for three years.

Greenwood’s legal problems are far from over. He is still facing state burglary charges in three counties — break-ins at a convenience store in Johnson in October 2017, at the West Side Deli in Newport in August 2017, and at the Shawn Wood residence in Thetford in October 2017 where he allegedly stole cash and tried to steal a rifle.

The crime spree occurred after Greenwood escaped from the field supervision unit for the Vermont Corrections Department, Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Van de Graaf said.

The crime spree ended when Massachusetts police arrested Greenwood in November 2017 for breaking into a restaurant, Van de Graaf said. The prison sentence in the Massachusetts case won’t end until May 7, 2020; after that, Greenwood will begin serving the federal sentence imposed in Vermont.

Greenwood was on state supervision in the fall 2017 based on convictions from another crime wave from mid-2012, records show. Greenwood had various addresses, including in Newport, Troy and Coventry, before he absconded, officials said.

Both Vermont State Police and Kinney Drugs had tried to keep the Oct. 17, 2017, burglary and drug theft hidden from the public.

‘Out of control’

The burglary and missing drugs became public only when Greenwood appeared in federal court in May 2018. State police admitted they never issued the standard news release in the Cambridge case. The Vermont Pharmacy Board also said Kinney Drugs failed to file a drug loss report with the state, as required by law.

Federal records later showed Kinney lost almost $8,200 in drugs.

Greenwood’s criminal history includes a federal court conviction for possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, court records show.

“Greenwood is a career criminal. He has engaged in almost constant criminal activity throughout his adult life, in large part committing burglaries. His were fueled by his extensive drug use,” Van de Graaf wrote in his sentencing memo.

During the break-in in Thetford, Ward returned home and was able to grab his own firearm that Greenwood tried to take, records show. Yet, Greenwood then threatened Ward with his own short-barreled rifle, they note.

“Greenwood has abused his many chances for rehabilitation in the state court system. His prior federal supervision was undermined by his return to drug use,” Van de Graaf said.

Defense lawyer Karen Shingler noted Greenwood has battled drugs throughout his life.

“Dan was completely out of control while using drugs and his sole purpose in life was to obtain more drugs to feed his habit. He had used heroin since high school and he was stealing and committing other crimes to feed his habit,” Shingler wrote.

Greenwood pleaded guilty to both the drugstore burglary and the firearm charge.

He tried to plead guilty last December, but Reiss needed to order a mental competency evaluation. Once it was completed, Greenwood pleaded guilty in February.

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