NORWICH – A Greene man was told he may serve life in prison if convicted on a number of burglary charges on Monday, and was offered seven and a half years in prison instead as part of a plea deal.
Matthew F. Jones, 32, of Greene was charged with second-degree burglary, a class C felony, a count of third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony, two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, an E class felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor.
Allegedly Jones broke into homes in the Village and Town of Greene between May 24 and 29, stealing $11,387, credit and debit cards, gasoline, and work gloves from the homes.
According to Chenango County Court Judge Frank Revoir Jr., because each crime allegedly occurred at different times, they could be tried separately making Jones a persistent felon. As a persistent felon, Revoir said Jones could be sentenced to life in prison.
When Jones entered the courtroom, he told his attorney Assistant Public Defender Zachary Wentworth that he wanted to reject a plea deal offered to him for seven and a half years in prison.
"After speaking with Mr. Jones, it's his intention to reject the offer and move forward with this matter," said Wentworth.