The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

February 13, 2013

Three residents sentenced for burglary spree

STAFF REPORTS
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — Sentences were handed down Monday to a trio of county residents charged last year with a spate of burglaries.

John Cecchini, Devon Griffin and Brittany Kennedy will all be incarcerated for their roles in five separate burglaries from homes in Medina, Ridgeway and Albion that occurred in July 2012.

Cecchini, a second felony offender due to a 2011 conviction for third-degree burglary, received the harshest sentence — seven years in state prison.

”It’s terrifying to invade someone’s home ... you are an extremely dangerous individual,” Judge James Punch told Cecchini. “I will lock you up as long as I can.” 

Griffin, who along with Cecchini was alleged to have entered multiple homes to steal goods from them, was sentenced to two years in prison. Kennedy, who in a voluntary statement said she had driven both men to the homes, will be sentenced to six months in jail, to begin after she gives birth.

Griffin, who was eligible for youthful offender status, and his co-defendants spoke of their remorse for offenses that took items from various homes.

”I apologize for my mistake, I think I’ve learned from this mistake and gotten my life together,” Griffin said before sentencing.

But Punch said he would impose strict penalties due to the severity of the offenses.

”This is one of the most serious crimes ... it robs people of their sense of peace and security,” Punch said to Griffin.

”Everyone connected with this crime is going to jail, you’re no exception,” Punch added before sentencing Kennedy.

Cecchini, Griffin and Kennedy plead to second-degree attempted burglary in November. In addition to their sentences, the three were ordered to split $2,150 in restitution. Orders of Protection were approved for all victims.