ALBANY, N.Y. -- A state prison inmate has been sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years in prison after pleading guilty to burglarizing an Albany church.
The district attorney's office says Ricardo Zayas-Torres, 34, was sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years for one count of burglary at the Parish of Mater Christi.
Zayas-Torres unlawfully entered the church on Hopewell Street between May 29, 2011 and May 31, 2011 and cracked open a safe containing donations from a Sunday mass, stealing $1,100.
An investigation by the Albany Police Department found blood on the safe, which when run through the New York State DNA Database linked the defendant to the scene of the crime.
The sentence will run consecutively to the state prison term the defendant received after being found guilty after a jury trial in 2012 when he was found guilty of three counts of burglary, in addition to other charges
Zayas-Torres will also have to pay restitution in the amount of $800 for damage to the safe as well as $1,100 that was stolen from the church.
"The actions of Mr. Zayas-Torres are deplorable and will never be tolerated. With this consecutive state prison sentence added on to the defendant's previous conviction of multiple counts of burglary, he will have a very long time to think about his actions," says District Attorney David Soares.
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