Albion teen pleads guilty to burglary, admits stabbing grandmother
ALBION – An Albion teen-ager admitted in court today to breaking into his grandmother’s home during the night on July 8 and then stabbing his grandmother.
The 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and could face up to 4 years in state prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 7.
As part of the plea agreement today, the 17-year-old will be granted youthful offender status which would seal his record and not make it available to the public. His name also shouldn’t be publicized by the media.
The 17-year-old admitted to entering his grandmother’s house through a window. He said he took money from her purse. He was in the kitchen when he heard her wake up. He then panicked and stabbed her with a knife at least twice, he told Orleans County Judge Sanford Church this morning.
The 17-year-old spoke in such a low voice this morning the judge had him come close to the bench so the official court reporter and judge could hear. The boy is represented by Public Defender Joanne Best.
The grandmother has recovered from her injuries. Her grandson won’t face the more serious charge for assault.
The 17-year-old said he was under the influence of alcohol that night. Orleans County Sheriff’s investigators said the 17-year-old stole $23 cash and the victim’s cell phone. He then climbed out a different window and fled the scene.
After a several hour search by law enforcement that night, the 17-year-old was found at 6 the following morning by the bushes at Burger King.
His grandmother, while bleeding profusely, was able to leave the residence and drive to Medina Memorial Hospital. She was then transported to the Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight.
The 17-year-old has no prior criminal record. He is currently in the Orleans County Jail on $25,000 cash bail.