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Allegany County District Attorney: Repeat offender sentenced to 2 years in jail

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Wellsville man was arrested for multiple felonies in 2020 and 2021

By Andrew Harris

One of the most poignant examples of the failure of “bail reform,” in New York State has been a Wellsville man accused of multiple car thefts, burglaries, and other serious crimes. He was “ROR,” “Issued an appearance ticket and released,” for crimes that just a decade ago may have required immediate incarceration without an option for bail.

An outspoken victim was Cathy Faulkner of Scio, who had this to say about him in March of 2021:

Bail reform is a huge mistake. Catch and release to do again….. He stole my father in laws truck from my property along with my purse. His act changed how I live my life. Doors are locked. I bought security cameras. My gun is locked and loaded. Baseball bat next to the door.”

Read our reporting from March of 2021 with links to some of the police reports from before the Wellsville Sun existed.

Below is the report released by the Allegany County District Attorney’s office:

Defendant’s Name:        Tyler Cowburn

DOB:        6/22/1994

Address:        Wellsville, NY

Charges:        Burglary 3rd& Petit Larceny

Description of Crime:     Burglary 3rd – Defendant knowingly entered the Equestrian Center with the intent to commit the crime of Grand Larceny, and did commit the crime of Grand Larceny when he stole the keys to a Chevrolet Silverado motor vehicle, and then stole said vehicle.

Petit Larceny – Defendant stole various food items from the 7-Eleven.

Date & Place Where Crime Committed:    Burglary 3rd – 1/6/21 Alfred, NY

Petit Larceny – 8/17/20 Wellsville, NY

Arraignment Date:                      Bail:                             Next Appearance Scheduled:

Superior Court Information/Indictment Charges:  

Plea:    Burglary 3rd & Petit Larceny

Date:    3/8/22

Scheduled Sentence Date:                           Actual Sentence Date:     5/2/22

Sentence:   728 days jail(2  364 day sentences for each charge, to be served consecutively)

Judge:   Parker   

Defendant’s Attorney:      Jake Rood, Asst. Public Defender

Prosecuting Attorney:      Peter Degnan, ADA

PLEASE NOTE: ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT AND THE INFORMATION CONCERNING ARREST AND CHARGES ARE ONLY ACCUSATIONS UNTIL CONVICTION.

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