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Man sentenced to 13 years for Saratoga home burglaries

Man sentenced to 13 years for Saratoga home burglaries

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Man sentenced to 13 years for Saratoga home burglaries
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BALLSTON SPA — A Glens Falls man was sentenced to 13 years in state prison Monday in connection with a series of Saratoga Springs-area home burglaries.

Gerard J. King Jr., 53, of Sanford Street, appeared in Saratoga County Court after pleading guilty earlier to one count of second-degree burglary, a felony.

King was arrested in May on the initial Saratoga Springs break-in and later charged or suspected in three others in the area.

Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen noted later the number of local accusations and prior King convictions in other states, some of which included similar charges.

"The sentence here reflects a combination of the seriousness of the crime, the impact to the community and also takes into account the defendant's prior criminal history," she said.

Charles O. Bucca prosecuted for the Saratoga County District Attorney's Office.

King's attorney, James Knox, told Judge James A. Murphy that none of the cases involved the presence of the homeowners. 

King offered remorse.

"I apologize for my actions and the harm that I've caused to the victims," King told Murphy.

King also expressed a hope of changing his life and, even at his age, getting an education.

"What I do know at this point in my life is I can still make good use of the time I have," King said.

King has been to prison at least one time before in New York state, records show. In 1992, he was sentenced to 16 months to four years in prison for stolen property possession and attempted burglary. Newspaper records indicate he was accused then of breaking into a Saratoga Springs home and possessing a stolen car in Schenectady.

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