2 sentenced to state prison for burglaries in Orleans County

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 May 2023 at 11:36 am

ALBION – Two people were sentenced to state prison today for burglaries in Orleans County.

Judge Sanford Church sentenced Brandon Fuller of Medina and Bryton M. Hitzges of Albion to 2 to 6 years in state prison.

Fuller, 28, admitted to the burglary during a County Court appearance on March 8. He also admitted to having two stolen vehicles and to breaking into a barn.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree and third-degree burglary.

Judge Church gave him the maximum as part of a plea deal. Fuller also needs to pay $583 in restitution and an order of protection was issued for one of the victims.

Fuller was most recently charged on Feb. 1 after a high-speed vehicle pursuit from Route 31A in Barre to near Redman Road in Brockport.

His attorney Christian Catalano asked the judge for a furlough in the sentence so Fuller could assist his father in the aftermath of a fire in Medina on April 9 at 613 Main St. Fuller’s father lost his home and business in the blaze.

Judge Church declined the request.

“I can’t justify releasing him for any reason,” Church said.

Hitzges, 20, pleaded guilty on March 8 to third-degree burglary. He admitted to breaking into a West Avenue building in Albion on Dec. 30 to steal items.

He could have faced 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison. Church gave him less than the maximum at 2 to 6 years.

The sentence satisfies other charges against Hitzges. He is suspected in several burglaries to dwellings, garages, sheds and larcenies from vehicles.

He also was ordered to pay $85 restitution for a broken window and an order of protection was issued.

In another case in court today, Trey Hart, 25, of Albion pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal contempt in the first degree. He admitted to violating an order of protection and having physical contact with a woman he was supposed to stay away from.

Hart allegedly struck the woman on Jan. 7, causing severe bruising on her eye and putting her in pain for weeks, said Susan Howard, the assistant district attorney.

Hart could be sentenced up to six months in the county jail and be on probation for five years when he is sentenced on July 12.