ALBANY, N.Y. – A Guilderland man has pleaded guilty to burglary and arson charges.
According to District Attorney David Soares, Matthew Woelfersheim, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts of Burglary in the Third Degree, a felony, and one count of Arson in the Third Degree, a felony.
Woelfershein unlawfully entered a business on West Street in Albany between July 25, 2012 and September 1, 2012, and stealing over $1,000 of US Currency while inside. He also unlawfully entered a residence on Watervliet Avenue in Albany on August 28, 2013 and August 31, 2013, and stole a sum of money while inside on both occasions. Woelfershein also stole morphine from a local ambulance company in Albany between August 16, 2012 and September 5, 2012.
The arson charge stems from a September 2013 incident on Carman Road in the Town of Guilderland. Woelfershien intentionally started a fire in an unoccupied building. The fire spread from the unoccupied building and caused further property damage to a neighbor's garage and vehicle.
Additionally, on September 30, 2013 on Carman Road in the Town of Guilderland, the defendant did intentionally start a fire in an unoccupied building. The fire spread from the unoccupied building and caused further property damage to a neighbor's garage and vehicle.
Soares said the man will be sentenced to two to six years in State Prison on each count of Burglary in the Third Degree that will be served consecutively for a total of four to 12 years in State Prison. He also faces a concurrent sentence of four to 12 years in State Prison on the Arson in the Third Degree charge when sentenced in May.
He was originally charged with seven felonies charges and five misdemeanors.
Woelfersheim remains in custody at the Albany County Correctional Facility without bail to await sentencing.
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