CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Two men accused of stealing nearly $1,000 in steak and seafood were sentenced in front of Judge Dennis Gorski after agreeing to a plea deal with the District Attorney’s Office Tuesday morning.
Rochester residents Richard Pearson and Pressley Kelly were charged on February 6th with Felony Robbery, Felony Burglary, and possession of stolen goods following a traffic stop that was initiated after a store employee said the pair stole groceries from the Thruway Plaza Tops Market.
While the men waited in handcuffs and under guard by two Cheektowaga Police officers, the attorneys representing the men negotiated a plea deal with the assistant district attorney moments before their Felony Hearings were set to begin.
Richard Pearson entered his guilty plea with criminal defense attorney Dan Griebel at his side. In exchange for his plea, the D.A.’s office reduced the felony charges to petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, both class A misdemeanors.
Judge Gorski sentenced Pearson to one year in jail. Pearson also agreed to stay away from all Tops Market stores.
Pressley Kelly pleaded guilty to petit larceny. Kelly was represented by public defender Jeffrey Krajewski.
Judge Gorski sentenced Kelly to 30-days in jail and assessed him $300 in court fees. Kelly will be released from jail around March 8th since he served 15 days in jail already. Kelly will also agreed to stay away from all Tops Market stores.
Kelly’s health was a factor in Judge Gorski’s decision. A felony hearing on February 10th was rescheduled after the 66-year-old was admitted to a hospital.
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