Man sentenced in Cortland County home invasion

CORTLAND, N.Y. – A Van Etten man will spend 1/2 to 3 years in state prison for his role in a staged home invasion that took place in Marathon back in October.

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Gage Hatch, 24, was sentenced Thursday in Cortland County Court on one count of attempted grand larceny in the third degree, a felony.

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Gage Hatch

Hatch is one of four people who have faced charges in connection with a plot to stage a home invasion and steal a safe from the home of an elderly couple in Marathon.

Janemarie Burke, 49, was sentenced last month and accused of plotting the scheme.

Burke worked as a caregiver for the couple at the home on Route 11. She recruited her son, who then recruited two other people to help carry out the plan.

See related: Woman who staged Cortland County home invasion sentenced

On the night the event, Burke called police to report that two black men wearing ski masks and gloves had broken into the home, punched her in the face and stole a safe that was located in the basement.

Investigators later determined Burke lied to authorities about the event.

During the sentencing, Judge Julie Campbell referenced Hatch's long history of substance abuse, noting that he was using heroin on the day of the incident.

Hatch has also been ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to the victims.

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