Burglary trial begins in county court

NORWICH – Jury selection in the felony burglary trial of 24-year-old Daniel Sabines, Oxford, took place Monday, with the final four members of the jury sworn in at approximately 4:15 p.m.

In August of 2010, Sabines was accused of going door-to-door with co-defendant Anthony Pierce, 22, Richfield Springs, with a fake political petition. The two then allegedly entered what they thought was an unoccupied Beebe Avenue home when they were confronted by the home’s owner.

Both Sabines and Pierce have been charged with second degree burglary, a class C felony. Sabines’ trial began at 9:30 a.m. today. Pierce is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

Approximately 50 potential jurors were on hand for yesterday’s selection process, which saw Sabines, dressed in suit and tie, seated next to his attorney, Alan Gordon. Across the courtroom, Chenango County Assistant District Attorney Stephen Dunshee represented the prosecution.

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