Guilty Pleas Close Multi-Town Burglary Cases
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Guilty pleas by the second of two men who carried out burglaries across the state are expected to help return hundreds of thousands of dollars of stolen possessions.
Mark Missino of Waterford pleaded guilty at Stamford Superior Court on Wednesday to five counts of burglary and violating the state’s Corrupt Organizations and Racketeering Activity act.
The charges carry a maximum 65-year prison term, but the plea agreement calls for 25 years and five years of probation. He’s been held on a nearly $1.7 million bond since his arrest in 2010.
Authorities say they found thousands of stolen items in a storage unit, including a fur coat valued at $15,000, jewelry items, paintings and a $5,000 bicycle.
The Advocate of Stamford reports that Missino’s lawyer, Sebastian DeSantis, would not comment until sentencing.
Missino’s co-defendant, Bernard McAllister of Lisbon, has pleaded guilty to state and federal charges and is to be sentenced Nov. 22 to 16 years in prison for the state case. He faces 15 years to life when he is sentenced in federal court for possession of firearms by a previously convicted felon. A sentencing date has not been set.
McAllister and Missino were arrested in 2010 after East Lyme police caught them as they fled from a storage unit containing more than 8,000 stolen items. State prosecutors charged them with burglarizing dozens of homes from Stonington to Greenwich between 2008 and 2010.
Kevin Shay, assistant state’s attorney, said McAllister admitted he and Missino may have been involved in as many 300 burglaries.
The federal government charged the two men with possession of 19 stolen firearms, including revolvers and semi-automatic pistols that were found in storage. It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
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