MALONE - A 17-year-old from North Lawrence was sent to state prison on Friday by Franklin County Court Judge Robert G. Main Jr. for his role in a Feb. 29 home invasion that took place in St. Regis Falls.
Christopher Randall was sentenced to 16 months to four years in prison for a third-degree burglary conviction. Randall was also ordered to pay $500 restitution. He pleaded guilty to the reduced count last week after waiving his right to have the case heard by a grand jury. Randall was charged originally with first-degree burglary, for which the law would have allowed his sentence to run as high as 25 years.
Randall, along with Brasher residents 23-year-old Adam J. Baublitz, 23, Kassi-Lynn Marcoux-Baublitz, 24, Jon-Alec N. Connell, 18, and Jonathan R. Barto, 17, were all charged with breaking into the St. Regis Falls home of Ritchie DeCarr while brandishing weapons and making threats.
District Attorney Derek Champagne said at the time of Randalls plea that the weapons included a yet-to-be-recovered firearm, a club, and a piece of wood. He stated at the time of the incident that his office believes Randall and Baublitz were the brains behind the operation. Baublitz was paroled from Bare Hill Correctional Facility on Feb. 9, which was 20 days before the home invasion, according to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYSDOCCS). He served three years of a six-year sentence for fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree forgery.
Mr.Champagne pointed out on Friday that DeCarr is currently also facing a charge of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for allegedly selling cocaine.
This goes hand-in-hand with our theory to begin with: that it was drug-related, he said.
State police investigators said at the time of the groups arrests that nothing was reported stolen in the burglary attempt. One of the defendants reportedly knew the alleged victim; the St. Regis Falls man was able to provide investigators with the nickname of one of the men involved in the incident, police said.