Reynolds gets a break before sentencing

NORWICH – Almost a year has passed since a home invasion in Sherburne that led to the death of Pittsfield man.

Standing before a county judge Monday, a man being held in connection with the crime received a three-week furlough before final sentencing on June 23.

Robert R. Reynolds, 46, of 476 Pleasant Valley Rd., has been incarcerated since the summer of 2007 following his involvement in a fatal shoot-out with Joshua Richheimer, who had broken into Reynolds’ home in order to rob him of money and drugs.

In exchange for his testimony against Richheimer’s alleged accomplice, Reynolds was convicted of second degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class D felony.

Before pre-sentencing got underway, District Attorney Joseph McBride asked Judge W. Howard Sullivan to allow victim statements. Richheimer’s mother was the first to speak, saying she disagreed with the plea deal handed to Reynolds.

“When I was younger, I was always told, you do the crime, you do the time,” she said, adding that she was in court on her son’s behalf. “I am here because my son was killed, and his voice will not be heard to tell his portion of what happened.”

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