Cortland County man sentenced in Kmart robbery

CORTLAND, N.Y. – A Cortland County man was sentenced Thursday for robbing the Kmart store in Cortlandville in October 2014.

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Chad T. Cain was sentenced in Cortland County Court Thursday to two concurrent sentences of 3 - 7 years in state prison. Judge Julie Campbell also imposed an additional 1 year prison sentence for petit larceny.

Cain was found guilty on two counts of third degree robbery following a jury trial in September. He had faced more serious charges of first and second degree robbery.

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Cain was accused of robbing the Kmart store in Cortlandville on Oct. 24, 2014, and assaulting an employee with four toolbox sets he had taken from the store.

During sentencing on Thursday, Cain's attorney, Randolph Kruman, asked Judge Campbell to impose the minimum sentence of 2 -4 years in state prison, citing Cain's need for drug and alcohol treatment.

Kruman also noted that Cain was intoxicated prior to the incident at Kmart.

Assistant District Attorney Robert DeMarco asked the judge to impose the maximum allowable punishment.

"The defendant is a dangerous individual," DeMarco said. "He poses a direct threat to this community."

Judge Campbell noted Cain's extensive criminal history, which includes 17 arrests over the past 11 years, before imposing the maximum allowable sentence.

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