Court report

BELMONT — A New Hudson man will serve prison time for burglarizing homes, growing marijuana and even flooding his jail cell by pulling the fire alarm.

Christopher E. Herron, 38, of New Hudson, was sentenced Tuesday in Allegany County Court to seven years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of second-degree burglary, class C felonies.

He was sentenced to lesser time on an additional 18 counts, all of which will run concurrent to the seven years for possession of a weapon of burglary.

Herron had pleaded guilty to all 21 counts in April.

According to District Attorney Keith Slep, whose office announced the case, Herron forcefully and unlawfully entered two town of New Hudson residences and stole numerous firearms and personal items in October 2017.

In its investigation of the burglaries, New York State Police executed a search warrant on Herron’s residence and reportedly discovered numerous stolen items, as well as two credit cards belonging to victims in Cattaraugus County. Drugs, drug paraphernalia and a 282-plant marijuana growing operation in a secret room off the attached garage were also reportedly found.

For those crimes, Herron was also convicted of four counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, class C felonies; fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony; as well as possession of burglar’s tools, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, three counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia, two counts of criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, unlawful growing of cannabis and fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, all class A misdemeanors.

Herron was arrested and remanded to Allegany County Jail in November 2017. According to Slep, Herron, while at the jail, pulled the sprinkler system, causing his cell to flood and causing approximately $700 in damage.

The sprinkler system had to be removed from service until repairs could be made which Slep said endangered the safety and health of the jail staff and inmates.

For those crimes, Herron was also convicted of third-degree criminal mischief, a class E felony; second-degree reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor; and third-degree criminal tampering and second-degree criminal nuisance, both class B misdemeanors.

He will also have to pay $717.08 in restitution to the Allegany County Jail, as well as $850 in surcharges and a $50 DNA fee.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Tom Fuoco. Herron was defended by assistant public defenders J.R. Santana Carter and Paul DiCola. The sentence was handed down by Judge Terrence Parker.

(Contact reporter Tom Dinki at tdinki@oleantimesherald.com. Follow him on Twitter, @tomdinki)

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