LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Caledonia woman who stands charged with 7 counts of Burglary and 7 counts of Larceny was ready to plead guilty to the top count Tuesday morning but backed down at the last second.
Nicole Green, 29, continuously wept in court as she at first indicated that she was ready to enter a plea and face state prison time, then changed her mind when Judge Robert Wiggins said that the plea would mean a fixed sentence 9 years in prison and 5 years of post release supervision.
“My client is understandably upset but I believe she is willing to go forward today,” said her attorney, Christopher Laragy. “My client has always known that there is a cap of 10 years, but she is hopeful of something closer to 7 years. She already has been sentenced to 5 years in Genesee County.”
Judge Wiggins explained that if she pleads guilty under this agreement with the District Attorney’s Office, the sentence will most likely be fixed at 9 years.
“The deal is to plead to only one count and serve 9 years,” said Judge Wiggins. “If we decrease the sentence, the DA has the right to say the deal is off, and that you have to plead to all 14 counts.”
Green then requested and was granted a one week adjournment to weigh her options.
She was convicted in Genesee County of stealing jewelry from a home in Bergen. Investigators said at the time that she sold the jewelry at a pawn shop in Pittsford.
In Livingston County, Green was arrested by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office on April 10 for allegedly entering unlocked homes since the beginning of March and stealing jewelry and money.
She was on parole when this arrest was made. According to the NYS Department of Corrections, Green spent just over one year at Albion Correctional Facility for Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree, and her post-release supervision has a maximum expiration date of June 2016.