Cortland man sentenced in robbery of elderly man’s home

CORTLAND, N.Y. – A Cortland man will spend two years in state prison for his role in a 2014 home robbery.

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Miguel L. Coville, 39, was sentenced Tuesday to third degree robbery, a class D felony. His prison sentence will be followed by three years of post-release supervision.

Witnesses placed Coville at the location of the robbery at a home on Loop Road in the town of Cortlandville on May 2, 2014.

According to court documents, Coville forcibly entered the victim’s home, threatened an elderly man’s life and demanded cash from the man.

A neighbor saw the crime take place and followed the vehicle in which Coville was traveling in order to get a license plate number, court documents say.

The tip would help police find Coville at a nearby gas station minutes after the incident took place.

Prosecutors offered Coville a plea agreement that came with a two-year prison sentence, saying his past crimes warrant a term of imprisonment.

“His criminal history… suggests that defendant’s disrespect for the law and the safety of others has existed for most or all of his adult life,” Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Tyler wrote in court documents. “While many of defendant’s indiscretions arose during a period closer to his youth, given the seriousness of the present charges, a term of imprisonment is appropriate.”

Coville was also ordered to pay $420 in restitution to the victim.

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