Alleged get-away driver in Colonie barber murder case pleads guilty

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Officials say 33-year-old Sean Moreland, of Colonie, pleaded guilty to One Count of Hindering Prosecution in the First Degree, a Class D Felony, in Albany County Court.

But, Sean Moreland won’t be serving any additional time for his admitted role in the Jacquelyn Porreca case as the driver.

He accepted a prison term on Thursday that he will serve at the same time as a prior burglary sentence.

More than one year later and 33-year-old Sean Moreland admitted to Judge Thomas Breslin that he drove away aiding Michael Chmielewski after Chmielewski told him he had killed someone.

It was Jacquleyn Porreca who was brutally stabbed by Chmielewski during a robbery at the Recycled Salon in Colonie.

Moreland, already sentenced to 8 years in prison for burglary, accepted a plea deal of 2 to 6 years running at the same time as the other sentence.

On Thursday Albany County District Attorney David Soares says due to statements made by Moreland being suppressed by Judge Breslin, they had to decide on a plea deal, but Moreland’s attorney says Moreland did not have anything to do with the robbery or murder.

Regardless of the plea accepted on Thursday, disagreements remain. The DA’s office believes Moreland knew what Chmiewlewski was going to do.

“The burden on the people would have been to prove that Mr. Moreland had knowledge of what was going to take place in that salon on the day in question,’ said David Soares Albany County District Attorney.

“If Michael Chmielewski had no idea that he was going to rob Jacquelyn Porreca there’s no way that Sean Moreland sitting in that car would know,” said Paul DerOhannesian, Attorney for Moreland.

In a statement, Jacquelyn’s sister Janeah Rosecrans said:

“The loss of our beloved sister and daughter, Jacquelyn, is still extremely painful for us, and while each step in the justice process brings us a little more closure it also resurfaces much heartache and emotion. We would like to ask for prayers during this difficult time as we continue to grieve.”

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