DNA results in prison sentence for burglar

October 16, 2019

DNA results in prison sentence for burglar

Media Contact: Makayla Chancey, PIO

The individual responsible for a burglary back in April of 2018 recently accepted a plea offer of seven years Florida State Prison after DNA results pinned him to the crime.

On April 23, 2018, Hardee County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported burglary in the area of Will Duke Road and Lincoln Street in Wauchula, Florida. Once on scene, they noticed two windows of a residence were severely damaged, and after further inspection of the crime scene, traces of blood were located on one of the windows. Numerous shoe prints were also found around the home, inspiring a K-9 search.

Deputies were led to a popular hangout spot in the area, where there was even more shoe prints matching those at the crime scene. When questioned if anyone had information about the incident, residents stated an individual named Darrell Hines had just passed by and was acting suspiciously. It was also discovered he had an active Violation of Probation warrant for his arrest.

Several days later, Hines was located sleeping in a vehicle and was taken into custody. Shoes matching the tread pattern of those found at the crime scene were also in the vehicle.

A blood sample collected from one of the damaged windows was sent to a lab for analysis and in December of 2018, the results came back to a previous offender sample in the system, matching that of Hines.

A further search warrant was obtained for a DNA swab from him in March and matched the blood sample from the window. On October 11, 2019, Darrell Hines accepted a plea offer of seven years Florida State Prison.