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Woman, 18, sentenced to 6 months in jail for attempted burglary

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 February 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A woman who was involved in a burglary at an Albion home last summer was sentenced to 6 months in Orleans County Jail on Monday, despite a request for no jail time from her attorney.

The woman, 18, was given youthful offender status by Orleans County Court Judge James Punch, which seals her record and also means her name shouldn’t be published.

She pleaded guilty on Dec. 15 to attempted burglary in the second degree, a crime that carries a maximum of 4 years in state prison. Her attorney Dominic Saraceno asked for no jail time, saying the woman has no prior criminal offenses.

“She has expressed remorse and she has a structure in place to not let this happen again,” Saraceno said during sentencing. “I don’t think she’ll reoffend.”

The woman admitted in a previous court appearance she entered the house without permission and also took a DVD player and sold it at a pawn shop.

At least three other people – and perhaps as many as five – were involved in the burglary in the Village of Albion on Aug. 18, the District Attorney’s Office said. The vandals broke or stole about $12,000 in merchandise, including many antiques at the home on West Park Street, the victim of the crime told the court on Monday.

The victim of the burglary addressed the court, saying the crime was personal with family portraits and children’s piggy banks smashed. The victim, a married father with three young children, said the family had to walk around in shoes in their house for two weeks while picking up all of the broken glass.

Judge Punch ordered the 18-year-old woman to pay one third of the $9,286 insurance claim and one third of $500 in restitution.

The woman could have been sentenced to state prison. Judge Punch said a sentence of only Probation wasn’t an option.

“You clearly need to go to jail,” Punch said. “This was a very close call between state prison and Orleans County Jail. This was a very disturbing crime, showing an utter disregard for other people’s property.”

In addition to the 6 months in jail, the judge sentenced the woman to 5 years on Probation.

Corey Baerman, 18, of Albion also was part of the burglary. He will go in trial on May 6 for second-degree burglary, which carries a maximum of 15 years in state prison.

Baerman appeared in court on Feb. 2 and said he entered his neighbor’s house with three of his friends on Aug. 18. But Baerman said he didn’t take anything and didn’t cause any of the damage.

If that is true, Punch told Baerman his crime should be criminal trespass in the second degree, a misdemeanor which carries a maximum of up to a year in the county jail.

Baerman of South Liberty Street said he entered a neighbor’s house without permission, following the lead of his friends, who allegedly caused damage and stole items.

Punch said part of the reason he was sentencing the 18-year-old woman to jail is because she hasn’t provided much help in identifying other people involved in the burglary.

Her attorney disputed that, saying “she’s been cooperative all along.”