Serial burglar pleads guilty after January altercation with Niskayuna man

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Schenectady man will be sentenced as a persistent violent offender after he entered a guilty plea in court on Monday.

Mark Snare pleaded guilty to Burglary in the First Degree following a January burglary.

According to Schenectady District Attorney Robert Carney, Snare had been targeting the Niskayuna and Upper State Street area of Schenectady. On January 6, 2015, the 54-year old entered an Eastern Parkway home in Niskayuna when he was confronted by the owner, Jason Adams.

A struggle ensued between Snare and Adams, a Schenectady High School math teacher. Adams sustained injuries while Snare fled down Union Street toward Schenectady. According to Carney, Adams followed Snare and took pictures of the man with his phone and called 911.

Snare was taken into custody by Niskayuna police in the area of Van Antwerp Road after a short chase.

Carney said Snare has a history of burglary convictions that date back to 1980. He was most recently convicted in 2003 for an attempted burglary.

For the 2003 conviction, he was sentenced as a persistent violent felony offender to a term of 12 years to life and was released from prison in March 2014.

Snare will be sentenced to 20 years to life as a persistent violent offender on October 27.

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