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A LeRoy man involved in more than a dozen Genesee County burglaries will spend up to 15 years in prison.

Russell Cessna, 25, of Pleasant Street, LeRoy, received the maximum sentence under the plea agreement in county court today. He was also ordered to pay over $32,000 in restitution.

Our news partner The Batavian was present at sentencing and reports that three of Cessna’s burglary victims spoke at sentencing. One had their wedding ring and graduation ring stolen by Cessna and one expressed how they developed distrustfulness because of him.

Judge Robert Noonan received letters from family in support of Cessna. However, one letter obtained by the District Attorney’s Office was written to a former girlfriend. Noonan called the letter “vile” and defense attorney Jerry Ader said it was written when Cessna was coming down from a severe addiction to heroin. Ader said Cessna is “troubled” and has “mental health issues.”

Cessna read from a written statement, apologized and said, “I wish I could take it all back.”

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