A Mount Vernon man with a 22-year criminal record was ordered today to serve 16 years to life in prison for breaking into a Bronxville home last year.
Joseph Sain, 40, had been convicted of second-degree burglary, a felony, and petty larceny, a misdemeanor. Westchester County Judge James Hubert convicted Sain during a bench trial in May and handed him the lengthy prison term.
According to the Westchester County District Attorney’s office, Sain was accused of breaking into a home at 163 White Plains Road shortly before 6 p.m. on September 9, 2009. A homeowner called police to report an intruder inside her home and when she confronted the burglar, he ran off.
The woman gave police a description of the suspect, Sain was located within minutes behind the athletic field at Concordia College.
Sain told police he did not steal anything. Police retraced Sain’s route and found the homeowner’s missing coins and jewelry in a storm drain near the Village Lutheran Church, prosecutors said.
Sain was sentenced as a persistent violent felony offender. He served three different prison stints on charges of robbery, burglary, and auto theft from 1992 to 2007, according to New York state prison records. His first felony conviction dates back to 1988, the DA’s office said.