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March 4, 2013 - 3:46pm

Proceedings against Batavia burglary suspect delayed slightly while new attorney takes the case

posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

A Batavia man accused of eight burglaries in the city will be represented by a private attorney, Judge Robert C. Noonan was informed this afternoon.

Fred Rarick, initially assigned to represent Francis S. Smith, 19, formerly of 20 S. Main St., Batavia, told Noonan that he had been contacted by the family informing him the family retained an attorney to represent Smith.

Noonan noted that the attorney had not yet appeared with Smith nor filed notice with the court, but agreed to call Smith back in a week to appear with his new attorney.

A plea offer has been extended to Smith, District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said, and indicted he is ready to present the case to a grand jury.

Smith was arrested Jan. 1 while allegedly burglarizing a residence on Washington Avenue. Prior to that arrest, there had been a series of burglaries reported in the city that investigators considered to be the work of the same person. Smith has subsequently been charged with seven of those burglaries.

Lorie Cook
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Hmmm...if they can afford an attorney how about paying the victims for the stress and fear they dealt with. How about paying for an education for him?

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" How about paying for an education for him"????

I am afraid he is going to be well educated about the facts of life behind bars.

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They can afford an attorney now, because the only way the victims can be compensated for pain and suffering would be through Civil Litigation, which could take years.

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That's assuming he guilty - remember - "allegedly" and all that shit! (just saying)
(insert sarcastic remark here!)
and remember "rule 62"

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The family is not responsible for this young man's choices. Ultimately he is. With any luck, this young man will learn from his mistakes, be rehabilitated, educated, and return to society as a productive, contributing member.

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I know one of his victims and he ruined her for the rest of her life. She is one of the nicest people in the world and now she's scared for life! Hope he gets what he deserves! Serve his time than become a hard working person like the rest of us who never took anything that didn't belong to us! Hope he finds God on his way.

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Carol,
"Hope he gets what he deserves" and "Hope he finds God on his way" perhaps these are one in the same?

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Gary, he doesn't have to be found guilty for the victims to file a lawsuit. Remember O.J.?

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What does finding God have to do with anything? God isn't what makes people to be better. I'm sure we all know more than a few people that who claim they walk with God and are anything but good people. Victimizing other people is a choice..a bad choice.

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Well?

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