John Halacy rejects plea deal in Colonie burglary case

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ALBANY, N.Y. — A Rensselaer man was back in court Thursday on burglary charges.

John Halacy appeared in Albany County Court to reject a plea deal for charges stemming from a Thanksgiving Day burglary in Colonie.

An Albany County Grand Jury previously returned an indictment alleging on November 28, 2013, between the hours of 4 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., Halacy unlawfully entered a residence with the intent to commit a crime. On December 3, Colonie Police executed a warrant at his apartment, discovering some of the stolen items, totaling nearly $10,000. 

Two co-defendants, Halacy's brother Raymond M. Halacy, 19, and Andre Beverly, 18, were also indicted and were taken into custody by US Marshalls in Broward County, Florida.

In February 2013, Halacy was arrested after detectives determined he had been sexually abusing a 13-year-old and 14-year-old female in the city of Rensselaer between December 1, 2012 and February 8, 2013. Police also believed Halacy supplied the girls with prescription drugs.

He walked free in November due to a paperwork error after facing 19 felony charges, including Rape. The teenage victims and their family members were outraged over the mistake.

On December 10, 2013, Homeland Security confirmed a search was conducted at Halacy's Rensselaer city apartment. Officials have not commented on the nature of the warrant, but a number of boxes were removed from the home. 

A day later, while appearing in Rensselaer City Court, he was arrested on an Albany County warrant for the Colonie burglary charge.

The plea deal Halacy rejected would have given him a prison sentence of no more than five years for the burglary. With his rejection of the deal, Halacy is now in custody and the case is in the pretrial phase.

 

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