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A defiant Reginald Wilson stood before Genesee County Court this morning, with a 27 page criminal rap sheet and five felony convictions, and declared that breaking into an old lady's home, "was beneath me."
Wilson, 37, of Rochester was convicted in March for burglarizing a home on State St. in Batavia. The home was occupied by an 86-year-old woman, who was sleeping her in bedroom at the time of the break in. The woman's house was ransacked and her car was stolen.
Wilson declined to accept a plea deal just before the trial began. That plea deal would have resulted in a sentence of 2 to 4 years. Declining the plea deal meant that Wilson risked being convicted as a predicate felon and a potential life sentence.
Today, Judge Robert Noonan recognized Wilson's history and sentenced him to 15 years in state prison. Wilson complained about the adequacy of his defense attorney and maintained his innocence in connection with the State St. burglary. "I feel sorry for the lady," Wilson said, "but others did this crime."
By "others" Wilson was referring to his alleged accomplices. One of them had testified against him at trial.

PHOTO: Reginald Wilson (BPD)

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