NORWICH – The felony trial of 24-year-old Daniel Sabines of Oxford will continue today as the prosecution wraps up its case against the accused burglar. On Tuesday, Judge W. Howard Sullivan told jurors he expects the trial to conclude sometime today, putting the case of the People versus Sabines in their hands.
According to defense attorney Alan Gordon’s opening statement, Sabines will take the stand in his own defense prior to the trial’s conclusion.
Sabines is accused of going door-to-door in August of 2010, supposedly to gather signatures for a political petition, and alleged to have entered a 22 Beebe Ave. residence he thought unoccupied, with the intent to commit a crime, when he was confronted by the home’s owner.
Sabines – as well as co-defendant Anthony Pierce – has been charged with second degree burglary, a class C felony. Pierce is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.
Assistant District Attorney Stephen Dunshee called a number of individuals to the stand yesterday, including an eyewitness, the homeowner himself, Norwich Police Officers Justin Carpenter and Brandon Clarke, investigator and Deputy Police Chief Raymond Marsh, Police Chief Joseph Angelino and investigator for the Broome County Computer Analysis and Technical Services Laboratory Carl Smith.
In his opening statement, Dunshee laid out the basics of the prosecution’s case, stating the homeowner, John Tripp, startled Sabines while he was “rifling through an upstairs closet ... looking for something to steal” in order to support his drug habit. According to Dunshee, Sabines then fled downstairs and out a back door.