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Cortland Man Sentenced to 5 Years For Residential Burglary
Friday, February 21, 2014
Cortland Man Sentenced to 5 Years For Residential Burglary
One of two Cortland men who broke into a home on Lime Hollow Road in Cortlandville last year was in County Court Thursday for sentencing.
 
40 year old Brian Valentino of East Main Street, Cortland will  spend up to 5 years in State prison for his role in the burglary.
 
In March of last year Valentino and 29 year old Michael Betters of Cortland went to a home on Lime Hollow road where they entered the home and stole jewelry a, a TV, and other valuables.
 
The men initially tried to kick in the front door of the home, unsuccessful they entered the home through a basement window.
 
The teenage son of the property owner was home at the time and called police, Cortland County Sheriff's Deputies arrived just in time to see the men run from the back of the home. 
 
Deputies found Betters hiding in the wooded area near the home, Valentino was located a short distance away on East Holl Road. Both were charged with burglary and other charges.
 
Initially Valentino denied his guilt, but after Betters took a plea deal and agreed to testify against Valentino he opted to take a plea deal. Valentino pled guilty to the felony burglary charge as a second felony offender, in exchange for the 5 year prison sentence.
 
Betters who is already serving a 4 1/2 years prison sentence on a drug conviction, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years for his role in the break-in the new time will  run concurrent with his current sentence, he will not serve any additional time for the break-in.
 
During pretrial hearings it as revealed that the pair used a woman to case the home and identify items of value in the home. The woman has never been charged in connection with the case.
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