Strong-arm Schenectady robbery nets prison, probation

Friday, November 2, 2012
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— A man who robbed the Big Apple Deli and Grocery on Nov. 1, 2011, will spend 1 1⁄3 to four years in prison.

Sandy Floyd, 20, formerly of Cutler Street, reached over the counter of the store on Crane Street, grabbed the arm of an employee and took cash before leaving.

Floyd had been charged with third-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny. Under the terms of a plea deal, Floyd was also sentenced Friday to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $910 in restitution to the deli.

Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago issued a rebuke to Floyd, who had told officials he thought the proposed sentence was too harsh. She pointed out that Floyd had been arrested three times from September 2010 to April 2011 for crimes such as petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. He was given three years’ probation as a youthful offender.

The probation was revoked when he was arrested again in October 2011 on petty larceny and criminal mischief charges. Floyd and another man stole a wallet containing several credit cards from a motor vehicle parked in the area of 1000 Crane St. and caused more than $250 in damage to the vehicle.

While that case was pending, he committed the deli robbery the following month.

“Sir, what are you doing?” Drago asked. “You had a wonderful opportunity to turn your life around.”

In other business before Drago, 21-year-old Joseph Deleo of Delanson was sentenced to five years’ probation for incidents on March 13 and 14 and June 20 where he sold Ecstasy in the parking lot of the Hannaford in Duanesburg, according to prosecutor Edward Moynihan.

Deleo had been charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled sentence. Under a plea agreement, Deleo admitted to the latter charge.

He was also ordered to pay $295 in restitution to the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office.

Drago said Deleo should be grateful for the sentence.

“You don’t want to thank the court for getting a great break because you were basically a pharmacist in the town of Duanesburg,” she said.

Deleo apologized for his actions.

“I regret my past, and I’m willing to turn my life around for the better,” he said.

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