Medina man sentenced to prison for break-in

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 August 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A Medina resident who broke into a convenience store last October was sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison.

Michael Bauer, 28, of 730 S. Main St. pleaded guilty to attempted burglary in the third degree during a June 9 court appearance. He was sentenced to state prison on Monday by James Punch, Orleans County Court judge.

Bauer admitted he broke into The Corner Store in Medina last October and stole items from the South Main Street location. Medina police said he stole the convenience store’s cash register, an undetermined number of scratch-off lottery tickets, cigarettes and other store merchandise.

Bauer had been drinking before the crime but he wasn’t so intoxicated he didn’t know what he was doing, Punch said, based on Bauer’s recall of the crime.

Punch told Bauer he could try to use the defense that he was so drunk he didn’t know what he was doing. Bauer chose not to pursue that as a possible defense and accepted the sentence on Monday.