October 29, 2013 | 04:01 PMELKHORN — A convicted burglar, who broke into taverns in Genoa City and Lake Como, avoided a prison sentence after his defense attorney reached an agreement with prosecutors.
Kory L. Myerson, 23, Harvard, was sentenced Oct. 24 to six years of probation, which includes 150 days in jail with work-release privileges. As a condition of his probation, Myerson must pay more than $32,000 in restitution.
"Mr. Myerson, it looks as though you are getting a second chance," Judge David Reddy said. "You need to realize this is probably your last chance. If you get in trouble like this again, prison is probably the only option."
A five-year prison sentence followed by fives year of extended supervision was stayed and imposed, which means Myerson will only serve the prison sentence if he violates the terms of his probation.
Assistant District Attorney Haley Rea told Reddy the state accepted the plea agreement because it forces Myerson to pay restitution, and the possible prison term is longer than what was recommended by the presentence investigation (PSI) report.
Myerson declined to comment during the hearing.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Jan. 16 at 2:38 a.m., Genoa City police responded to a silent alarm at 332 Fellows Road.
When an officer arrived, he could hear scraping and banging noises from inside of the tavern.
The officer also saw an ATM that appeared to have been pushed out of the building.
A person was standing on the ATM.
The officer pointed his rifle at the person and demanded that the person stop, but the suspect fled.
Other law enforcement agencies and a K-9 unit were brought in to assist in the search for the suspect.
Police eventually found Myerson inside a garage on Fellows Road. Inside of his pockets police found a mask and a large amount of cash.
Myerson also told police he hurt his ankle after he had slipped in the Nippersink Creek. On Jan. 15 at 5:30 a.m., police went to In the Drink for a report of a burglary. Video surveillance from the bar showed a person wearing a mask climbing over the bar with a hammer.
The person in the video took two bottles of liquor and two cases of Red Bull from the basement of the bar.
Myerson admitted to police that he had worn the mask the other night in Lake Como. He also said he had dropped a hammer at 332 Fellows.
Police report that the hammer found at the Genoa City tavern matched the one in the video surveillance footage from the burglary at the In the Drink.
The suspect in that burglary also appeared to be wearing the same mask found on Myerson.