LOCKPORT – Two teenagers pleaded guilty Friday to charges stemming from a series of house burglaries in Niagara Falls this year, but the brother of one of those who took a plea deal said no to his offer.
Aaron M. Adamec, 19, of 70th Street, and Justin S. Pardee, 18, formerly of 100th Street, each pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and were scheduled for sentencing Jan. 24 by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.
In both cases, Assistant District Attorney Joseph A. Scalzo recommended limiting the defendants’ sentences to four years in state prison. But Farkas wouldn’t commit to doing that; instead, she merely promised Adamec and Pardee that she won’t give them the maximum sentence, which is 15 years.
“That’s not to say you won’t get 14,” the judge said.
However, Pardee’s brother, Mark A. Pardee, 21, refused the plea offer and is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 21.
On Sept. 19, a fourth defendant, Darren J. Holland, 18, of 87th Street, also pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary.
Farkas, reading aloud Friday from notes she took from her review of the grand jury testimony, said a co-defendant testified that Mark Pardee’s role was to “distract people” while his brother entered the homes.
The judge also said that Mark Pardee sold his mother’s property on the online sites eBay and craigslist. The Pardee brothers were kicked out of their home during the crime spree.
Adamec admitted to a June 26 burglary on Laughlin Drive, in which all the stolen property was recovered as he and Holland were caught at the scene. He also had been charged with two other burglary attempts that day.
Justin Pardee, who was charged with four burglaries, pleaded guilty to stealing several large bottles of coins from a home on 97th Street June 12. He will have to pay $1,757 in restitution to the victims after he is released from prison.
Mark Pardee’s restitution tab, if he is convicted, was set at $2,115 for the three break-ins in which he was charged.
Holland is to pay $926.50 to six victims.