Man who stole from Walmart sentenced to state prison

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 March 2018 at 5:19 pm

ALBION – A Rochester man who admitted in court to stealing $1,903 worth of electronics from the Walmart in Albion was sentenced to 1 ½ to 3 years in state prison.

Adrian Taylor, 40, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. He has prior convictions for larceny, burglary and drug crimes.

Sara Sheldon, the interim County Court judge, said Taylor is “clearly a career criminal.”

She also ordered that he pay Walmart $1,903 in restitution. Taylor allegedly put electronic items in a tote and then took them from the store.

The judge declined his request to be sent to the Willard drug treatment program through the state prison system. She told him there are other treatment programs in prison.

In other cases in County Court on Monday:

• An Albion man was sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison for violating his probation.

Kolin McKain, 21, of Albion will go to a “shock camp” that is run like a boot camp. Sheldon told him he will be up early in the morning for exercise, then drug treatment. He will also learn about respecting authority and human dignity, she said.

McKain already has been on probation four times and has twice been convicted of driving while intoxicated. He violated probation by repeatedly using drugs and also being found with alcohol, District Attorney Joe Cardone said.

“My client clearly has a substance abuse problem that is controlling his life,” McKain’s attorney Nathan Pace told the judge.

McKain apologized to his family and the court for his actions.

Sheldon told him she hopes the shock camp can lead to long-lasting change in his life.

“You’re 21 years old and you’re becoming a frequent flyer,” she said. “That’s unacceptable.”

• A man from Cazenovia was sentenced to five years of probation and four weekends in jail after drunk driving on July 14 in Carlton.

Michael E. McKee, 30, of Cazenovia had a 0.29 percent Blood Alcohol Content, more than three times the legal limit.

He could have faced up to six months in jail as part of a plea agreement. Judge Sheldon said she was impressed by McKee for taking responsibility for the crime and getting treatment. His attorney asked that McKee only serve probation given the progress he has made since his arrest.

Sheldon decided to give him four weekends in jail to be served in Madison County, where he lives.

“I think you need a little taste (of jail) to show that this is where you never want to be,” the judge said.

McKee will also report to probation in Madison County. His license has also been taken away until he gets the court’s permission to have it back. He also must pay a $520 court surcharge and $50 DNA fee.

• An Albion man facing charges of first- and second-degree assault will go to trial beginning May 7. Wesley Askew has been in the county jail after he allegedly seriously injured another Albion man on June 9.

Askew allegedly got into an altercation at 1:45 a.m. on June 9 at 175 North Main St., an apartment building. Askew allegedly assaulted another resident, who sustained serious head injuries.

Askew is a level 3 sex offender, the highest possible risk for re-offending. He was released from prison in late 2015 after being convicted in May 2009 for second-degree rape.

Cardone, the district attorney, said the trial would take two weeks, “at least.”

• A Hamlin resident pleaded guilty to aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree

Chad Oehlbeck, 30, could face up to six months in jail and five years on probation when he is sentenced in June 11.

He admitted to the judge he was driving without a license and was impaired on June 3. He was also asked if he had a shotgun and was intending to use it unlawfully against another person.

After a pause, Oehlbeck responded, “Yes, your honor.”

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