ALBANY, N.Y. – A 24-year-old Rensselaer man pleaded guilty to a November 2013 robbery in Albany County Court Thursday morning.
John Halacy, 24, of Rensselaer, pleaded guilty to one felony Count of Attempted Burglary.
On November 28, 2013, Halacy, Andre Beverly, 18, and alleged co-defendant Raymond Halacy, 19, unlawfully entered a residence on Haswell Road in the Town of Colonie and stole televisions, computers, video games and guitars while inside. The occupants of the residence were not home at the time of the incident.
Shortly after, Halacy was observed on a closed circuit video camera selling some of the items at a store in Colonie Center. Two search warrants were executed at Halacy's 2nd Street apartment – the first by Colonie Police in regards to the burglary. Authorities say Halacy was in possession of some of the stolen items totaling nearly $10,000. The second search warrant was executed by Homeland Security. However, officials have not commented on the nature of the warrant, but a number of boxes were removed from Halacy's apartment.
Halacy faces 5 ½ years in State Prison, to be followed by 3 years of Post Release Supervision when sentenced on April 3, 2014. He will remain remanded in the Albany County Correctional Facility without bail to await sentencing.
On January 17, 2014, Beverly pleaded guilty to one felony Count of Attempted Burglary in Albany County Court, and faces up to 3 years in State Prison when sentenced on March 27, 2014.
The case against Raymond Halacy remains open and pending at this time.
John Halacy made headlines in November after rape charges against him were dropped due to a flub in paperwork. Since Halacy's case was not presented to a Grand Jury in a timely fashion, his right to a speedy trial was violated, leading to a dismissal of the charges.