Pair sent to prison in Schoharie burglary spree
SCHOHARIE Stiff sentences were handed down in Schoharie County Court this week in cases involving sex crimes and daytime burglaries, including one at the home of a state legislator.
Bryan Lemoine, 21, of Schoharie, was sentenced to two years in prison on two counts of attempted second-degree burglary, according to Schoharie County District Attorney James Sacket.
Lemoine and Connor Casabonne, 21, also of Schoharie, were arrested by state police in May and accused of breaking into two homes April 27 and 29. The second home belonged to Assemblyman Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie, Sacket said.
Casabonne was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision.
Sacket said neither is eligible for a shock incarceration program. He said he sought maximum prison terms because of the impact on the community that follows criminals “kicking doors in” in broad daylight.
“This is different than a seasonal residence or camp late at night. These are just brazen, daytime burglaries that are going to result in stiff sentences,” he said.
The burglaries netted cash and jewelry. Some of the items were recovered, but another case that grew from the burglaries is holding up the return of some of the loot to the victims, Sacket said.
About two months after the burglaries, state police arrested Joseph Delfano and Richard Poltorak, owners of Regency Jewelers on Altamont Avenue in Schenectady. Police allege they refused to give back items believed to be the proceeds of the Schoharie burglaries.
Sacket said some of those items are being held as evidence until that case is resolved.
In other county court action:
• Robert Scott Schreiner, 51, of Richmondville, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 15 years of post-release supervision on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act. Sacket said Schreiner, who worked as a counselor at Schenevus Central School in Otsego County, was having sexual encounters with a 12-year-old male student — in Schoharie County in one instance.
• Linda M. Ryan, 58, of Ellenburg Depot, Clinton County, was indicted on a third-degree grand larceny charge Sept. 25. State police alleged she stole more than $24,000 in benefits from an elderly person over whom she had power of attorney.
• Carl C. Jackson Jr., 23, was indicted Oct. 9 on charges of first- and second-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child. He is accused of having sex with a girl younger than 15.