Teen burglar sentenced to 3 years in state prison

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 January 2016 at 12:00 am

ALBION – An Albion teen was sentenced to 3 years in state prison today despite a request for leniency from his attorney.

Allan D. Walls turned 18 last month. He was arrested for second-degree burglary and other criminal charges last March 10. That followed an earlier felony in October 2014 when he allegedly broke into a village house and stole two guns with ammunition.

Walls was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison on the October 2014 crime. He was given youthful offender status by Orleans County Court James Punch, which sealed Walls’s record from the crime.

Walls and his attorney Conrad Cropsey asked for youthful offender status again today during sentencing for the second burglary.

“With YO he could have a clean slate to get a job,” Cropsey told Judge Punch.

Cropsey also said Walls suffered a brain injury soon before he committed the two felonies.

“I hope you would give me a second chance,” Walls asked the judge during sentencing today.

Punch said the youthful offender status is given more for “youthful indiscretions” and not someone who has committed a second serious felony.

He said Walls entered other people’s homes without permission, “violating their rights and sanctity of homes.”

Walls was given 3 years in state prison, plus 3 years of post-release supervision.

In other cases today:

A Canandaigua man who faced drug charges in Orleans County was sentenced to 6 months in jail after he failed the Drug Court program.

Eric L. Shirley, 29, was a passenger in a vehicle on Jan. 12, 2015 on Ridge Road in Gaines. The vehicle was in an accident and police found drugs inside and charged three people in the vehicle with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Shirley was “miserable in his efforts in Drug Court,” said District Attorney Joe Cardone.

Shirley’s attorney, Conrad Cropsey, said his client has a supportive family who were Mennonite missionaries.

“I come from a really good family,” Shirley said during sentencing. “I made some mistakes with drugs. I just want to get my life together.”

Punch told Shirley to fight the drug and alcohol addictions.

“To whom much has been given, much is expected,” Punch told Shirley.

The judge sentenced Shirley to 6 months in jail, plus 5 years probation.

A Shelby woman admitted to having heroin and selling it on April 2, 2015. Diane M. Gallagher, 46, 5079 East Shelby Rd. pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 1 ½ to 8 years in prison. However, as part of a plea deal, Gallagher, a second felony offender, will not be sentenced to more than 3 years in state prison, or else she can withdraw the plea and go to trial.

She will be sentenced on March 28 at 2 p.m.