Prison for man who stole from church

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 October 2013 at 12:00 am

ALBION – An Albion man who broke into a church last January was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison for attempted robbery in the third degree.

Michael G. Andre, 23, of West Park Street broke into the Presbyterian Church in Albion on Jan. 14. He broke a window in a locked church office and stole a laptop.

Andre was ordered to pay restitution over the next 18 months. He has several prior criminal offenses, District Attorney Joe Cardone said during the sentencing on Monday.

“Drugs have ruined your life,” County Court Judge James Punch told Andre. “You’re leaving a trail of victims.”

In another case in Albion, Judge Punch sentenced a woman who violated probation by using cocaine to a year in county jail.

Dawn M. Stachewicz, 41, of Albion pleaded guilty to the crime in August, when she also confessed to possessing drug paraphernalia, which also violated her probation.