Man who stole kayak could get up to 7 years in state prison

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 February 2014 at 12:00 am

MEDINA – A Medina man who let in a friend’s loose dog and then stole a kayak could be sentenced to 3 ½ to 7 years in state prison.

Brandon Taylor, 33, of Fletcher Chapel Road pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary in Orleans County Court on Monday.

He is second felony offender. He will be sentenced on April 14.

Taylor said he was in drug and alcohol withdrawal on Nov. 6, when he saw his friend’s dog running loose. He returned the dog to a house on Portage Road and discovered an enclosed porch was unlocked. He admitted in court to taking a kayak from the porch. He said he knew he was stealing.

Judge James Punch is keeping bail at $25,000 for Taylor. He also approved a request from the District Attorney’s Office for an order of protection for the victim of the crime.

In other cases on Monday:

Judge Punch set bail at $100,000 for an Albion man who allegedly repeatedly violated orders of protection.

Brian Beach, 42, of West Park Street has two prior felonies. He has been charged with aggravated criminal contempt.

A Batavia man who was banned from Wal-Mart but then allegedly stole from the store in Albion was arraigned for third-degree burglary and petty larceny.

Jason Lang, 33, of Liberty Street in Batavia allegedly stole two coffee machines and a blender from the Albion store on Nov. 20. Because he was banned from Wal-Mart, he faces a charge of burglary.

An Albion man pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and could face up to six months in jail when he is sentenced April 28.

Josh Porter, 40, of East Park Street was charged with DWI after being stopped on Sept. 7 on East Center Street in Medina. He registered a 0.13 percent blood alcohol content, above the legal limit of 0.8 percent.

He has a prior DWI from Oct. 27, 2011 in Lockport. If he receives a sentence of more than six months in jail, he can withdraw his plea.