posted on December 20, 2010 16:16
Michael Piasta of Batavia had a tough childhood and, as an adult, a lengthy criminal record. Now he is going to state prison.
The 30-year-old Piasta was sentenced today in Genesee County Court to 3 and a half to 7 years in prison. He plead guilty to breaking into a Harvester Avenue business last October and stealing checks and a credit card and then charging $500 to the card.
Michael had a series of prior arrests. He had just been released from Niagara County jail when he was arrested last fall for allegedly stealing beer from a Batavia convenience store. He was also arrested for allegedly stealing DVD’s from an adult video store on Ellicott St.
His lawyer pointed out in court today that Michael’s mother was an alcoholic and his father a heroin addict who recently died. As a toddler, Michael found LSD in his parent's house and swallowed it causing him to become seriously ill.
But Judge Robert Noonan was not moved by Piasta’s past and said he should be kept from society, "for as long as possible."