A 37-year-old Trumansburg man has been sentenced in Schuyler County Court on eight counts of felony burglary to seven years in prison, with five years post release supervision on each count.
Joel Woodring also received 2 1/3 to 7 years behind bars on five counts of felony grand larceny and another 1 1/3 to 4 years on another grand larceny charge. All sentences will run concurrently with one another, including the year in prison he received for misdemeanor petit larceny. Woodring was also ordered to pay 37-THOUSAND dollars in restitution to his victims.
Woodring admitted in court back in May to committing numerous daytime burglaries in the towns of Hector, Catherine and Montour Falls in 2016. He was caught by Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Yessman, his undersheriff Breck Spaulding and several deputies in April of last year at a Hector residence when they saw him drive by. They followed Woodring until he stopped in the driveway of a home he had just burglarized. Investigators say he stole jewelry from the residences and then sold the items to a local jewelry dealer.
District Attorney Joseph Fazzary says he sought substantially more prison time for Woodring, given the fact that he had committed many more burglaries in Seneca and Tompkins Counties and because of the value of the objects stolen. However, Judge Dennis Morris imposed a reduced sentence based on Woodring’s remorse and other factors cited in the pre-sentence investigation report