Homer man charged in April burglary

HOMER, N.Y. — A Homer man who was praised by a Cortland judge for successfully completing a drug treatment program after being convicted of burglary has been implicated in another home burglary.

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Joshua M. Fortin, 30, of Prospect Street, was arrested Jan. 28 in connection with a residential burglary on Charles Street in the village of Homer in April 2015, the Homer Police Department announced Thursday.

Fortin faces charges of second-degree burglary, a class C felony, and third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony. He was arraigned in Homer Town Court and released on his own recognizance.

Fortin pleaded guilty in May to a separate burglary that took place in December 2014. As part of a plea deal in that case, Fortin was able to avoid incarceration by successfully completing a drug treatment program prior to his sentencing.

Judge Julie Campbell would praise Fortin for completing the program and working with police investigators.

“You cooperated fully with the investigation and have taken responsibility for your actions,” Judge Campbell told Fortin in December during his sentencing. “You have also taken positive steps toward long-term progress to beat that addiction. That is exactly what I’d hoped you would do.”

If convicted in the April 2015 burglary, Fortin could face incarceration.

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