LIVINGSTON COUNTY – One of the three ‘mac salad bandits’ has refused to plead guilty to a burglary charge for his alleged involvement in a break-in and theft of several items including macaroni salad at Build A Burger in Mount Morris, so that he can talk over the potential sentence.
Matthew Sapetko, 34, and his attorney, Public Defender Marcea Clark Tetamore, requested a two-week adjournment after receiving notice from Judge Robert Wiggins that in the event of a guilty plea in satisfaction of the Burglary charge and an unrelated pending felony Forgery charge, the judge would go along with a sentence of three to six years in prison.
“The court indicated that it would go along with the three to six sentence,” said Public Defender Marcea Clark Tetamore. “Mr. Sapetko would like two weeks to talk to family members.”
Sapetko, of Mount Morris, is charged with Burglary in the Third Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, and Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree for allegedly breaking into Build A Burger at 6455 Begole Road with Timothy Walker Jr., 23, of Idaho, and James Marullo, 35, of Mount Morris, and stealing security camera equipment, an empty cash register, and a bowl of macaroni salad from the restaurant.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office says that it was the trail of mac salad along the Greenway that led investigators to the three suspects in the Village of Mount Morris.
Walker is also facing Criminal Possession of Stolen Property charges after tools belonging to house fire victims Bob and Smidge Stevens was discovered in his vehicle.
Marullo has already pled guilty and been sentenced for Burglary in the Third Degree to 2 to 4 years in prison as a second felony offender, with eligibility for a sentence to the drug treatment program at Willard Correctional facility.