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Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 8:54 pm | Updated: 10:32 am, Wed Dec 19, 2012.

A Charlottesville judge on Tuesday sentenced Joshua Peter Gomes, a man who broke into the University of Virginia registrar’s office to alter his law school transcript, to 10 years of good behavior.

“Looking back, I am truly sorry for what I’ve done,” Gomes, 26, told Judge Edward Hogshire. He said he acted out of fear and desperation when he planted a spy camera in the office last December in hopes of learning the school’s transcript printing procedures.

Gomes pleaded guilty in August, saying that a tumor on his pituitary gland caused him to behave irrationally.

Hogshire denied a defense request to reduce the felony breaking and entering conviction to a misdemeanor. He sentenced Gomes, who now lives in Connecticut, to 10 years of good behavior. Gomes spent two days in jail after his arrest last year.