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Teen sentenced to seven years in prison in comic book case

Owner of home was beaten, later died of heart attack

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Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 12:22 am, Wed Jan 11, 2012.

ALBION — A teenager allegedly hired to steal a valuable comic book collection from a Medina man, who later died of a heart attack, was sentenced to seven years in state prison Monday in Orleans County Court.

Juan C. Javier, 18, also will be placed on five years of post-release supervision and was fined $5,000 by Judge James Punch.

Javier last fall pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree burglary.

Javier and seven other people were arrested in 2010 and accused of burglarizing a house owned by Homer Marciniak, 77, of 106 Meade Ave. on July 5, 2010. Marciniak awoke during the burglary and was beaten. He was treated for cuts and bruises but later that day suffered a fatal heart attack.

A multi-agency investigation revealed Javier was one of several people hired by Rico J. Vendetti, 42, of Irondequoit. Vendetti allegedly hired the crew to steal a comic book collection owned by Marciniak.

Eight people, including Vendetti and Javier, were indicted in Orleans County in November 2010. The indictment was later dismissed against four because the case was turned over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which charged all four with murder under federal law.

Javier’s case, along with indictments against Trisha Sauerbier and Timothy Williams remained in Orleans County Court for prosecution.

Sauerbier, 25, also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison last year.

The case against Timothy Williams remains pending in County Court.

Also in County Court Monday, two men who had been charged with several felonies for an alleged Christmas Day beating in 2010 were sentenced to one year in jail.

Andre D. Coley, 20, and Brenton Poole, 26, were allowed to plead guilty to a single misdemeanor count of unlawful imprisonment after the victim in the case recanted his testimony during hearings following the indictment.

Both men had been charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and grand larceny after they were accused of beating a Medina man with brass knuckles and threatening him with a sword. The man told police that his phone, cash and credit cards were stolen.

Charges against two others, Nate Wilson, 19, of Medina and Ericka Poole, 31, of Medina, were later dismissed for lack of evidence.

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