Man sentenced to 9 years for Saratoga County burglaries
BALLSTON SPA A 28-year-old Mechanicville man who burglarized homes in Saratoga Springs, Halfmoon and Greenfield last spring was sentenced Friday to nine years in state prison by Saratoga County Court Judge Jerry J. Scarano.
Michael J. Torturo of 11 Burrello Court was also sentenced to an additional five years of post-release supervision. He had earlier pleaded guilty to committing the three residential burglaries in May 2012.
All the burglaries occurred while no one was home and each was investigated by a different police agency, said Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III.
Torturo took jewelry, cash and electronics in these burglaries. He sold the proceeds at pawn shops for cash, Murphy said.
He was apprehended in Albany County and admitted to the burglaries in Saratoga County while being questioned by police there.
A DNA sample taken at the time of Torturo’s arrest and entered into the state DNA database matched a DNA profile obtained in an unsolved burglary being investigated by the Saratoga Springs Police Department, which ultimately led to his conviction in the city case.
“The victims are satisfied that he’ll be out of our community for a long time and feel safer as a result. Knowing that someone was in your home is unnerving, now they can know that he is in prison,” Murphy said in a statement.
In another sentencing Friday, Kevin T. Stebbins, 23, of Green Island drew one to three years in state prison on a late-December guilty plea to fourth-degree grand larceny.
The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department arrested Stebbins Sept. 23 as a result of interviews, video surveillance and use history of stolen credit cards and checks in the town of Milton.
In September, sheriff’s deputies found Stebbins living in the basement of a home in Milton with his girlfriend, Kailee F. Messore, 28, of Lake Luzerne who was wanted on charges in Warren County. They said both gave police false identities.
In other County Court cases:
• Jamie A. Tripp, 36, of Route 4 in Schuylerville pleaded guilty to second-degree assault for stabbing a man she lived with in Northumberland in the stomach with a kitchen knife on Nov. 18 causing serious but not life-threatening injuries. She will be sentenced in May.
• Robert H. Herring Jr., 47, of Beach Street in Ballston Spa pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance stemming from his arrest in Saratoga Springs last April. He will be sentenced in May.
• Randy M. Gervasio, 31, of Guideboard Road in Halfmoon pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance stemming from his arrest last October in the town of Halfmoon. He will be sentenced in May.
• Stephen G. Matthews, 22, of Fortsville Road in Gansevoort pleaded guilty to criminal contempt stemming from his arrest in August in the town of Moreau. He will be sentenced in May.
• Brian J. Curran, 31, of East Side Drive in Ballston Spa pleaded guilty to criminal possession of marijuana stemming from his arrest last October in Malta. He will be sentenced in June.
• Steven C. Whitecroft, 28, of County Route 70 in Stillwater pleaded guilty to grand larceny stemming from his arrest in December in Wilton. He will be sentenced in May.
• Peter J. Rupp, 33, of Newberry Court in Ballston Spa pleaded guilty to grand larceny stemming from his arrest in December in Wilton. He will be sentenced in May.
• Daniel S. DiGenova, 49, of Fultonville was sentenced to time served and five years’ probation, and will be required to attend drug treatment court and pay $9,000 in restitution on his guilty plea to grand larceny stemming from his arrest last April in Clifton Park.