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Cortland Man Sentenced For Cortlandville Burglary
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Cortland Man Sentenced For Cortlandville Burglary
One of the two Cortland County men arrested last March after they broke into a home on Lime Hollow Road in Cortlandville was sentenced today in Cortland County Court.
 
29 year old Michael Betters formerly of 22 Crandall Street, Cortland, appeared in County Court today. Betters who is already serving a 4 1/2 year prison term for a drug conviction last year was sentenced for his role in the burglary.
 
Betters along with 40 year old Brian Valentino of East Main Street, both admitted that they broke into the home, a teen was home at the time of break-in and called police.
 
Last week Valentino who was preparing to take his case to trial changed his mind and took a plea deal in the case.
 
Both men pled guilty to a felony charge of burglary, Betters was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison, but the term will run concurrent with his existing sentence which means he will serve no additional time. Betters faces 2 1/2 years of post release supervision when he gets out of prison.
 
In exchange for his plea Valentino is expected to be sentenced to 5 years, he is due back in Court at the end of February.
 
During pretrial hearings it was revealed that Betters was planning to take a plea deal and testify against Valentino at his trial.
 
That information coupled with some of the evidence that Prosecutors planned to introduce may have persuaded Valentino to rethink his options, yesterday he also took a plea deal to resolve the charges against him.
 
County Prosecutors have said that Valentino used his girlfriend Audrey Smith who is a known prostitute to case the Lime Hollow home while she was there providing services to the property owner.
 
Smith has never been charged in connection with the break-in.
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