Providence man gets five-year sentence for break-in

Friday, March 22, 2013
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— A Providence man accused of breaking into a house and sexually assaulting a woman there was sentenced Friday to five years in prison.

Richard L. Wescott, 53, of Sandhill Road, was also sentenced by Saratoga County Court Judge Jerry J. Scarano to five years’ post-release supervision after pleading guilty in January to one count of first-degree burglary, a violent felony.

Wescott pleaded guilty to the charge after being indicted in September on multiple felony counts, including first-degree burglary, sexually motivated felony, first-degree criminal sex act, first-degree sexual abuse, aggravated criminal contempt and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

He was arrested after entering a Greenfield woman’s home between December 2011 and May 2012 and sexually assaulting and threatening her. There was an order of protection in place for part of that time, police said.

In other cases in County Court, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office:

• Erik L. DeGeorgio, 35, of Merrall Drive, Clifton Park, was sentenced to 10 months in jail, with credit for time served. He pleaded guilty in January to first-degree criminal contempt after being arrested in November.

• John P. Catone Jr., 53, of Jersey City, N.J., was sentenced to 21 months in jail. He pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny for incidents in Wilton in September.

• Paul Pike, 21, of Sodeman Road, Milton, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years probation on a felony driving while intoxicated charge. He was arrested Dec. 14 in Milton.

• Brandy L. McLaughlin, 28, of Nelson Avenue Extension, Ballston Spa, was sentenced to six months in jail and five years’ probation after pleading guilty in January to attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. She was arrested for incidents in Ballston in January 2012.

• Michael V. Ellsworth, 28, of River Street, Mechanicville, was sentenced to two to four years of parole supervision through the state-run Willard Drug Treatment Campus. He pleaded guilty in January to attempted third-degree grand larceny.

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March 23, 2013
6:40 a.m.
cracker says...

Sand Hill road is in the town of Greenfield, not Providence. Am I missing some info here?

March 23, 2013
9:50 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Just that the Gazette is always short on facts.

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