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UPDATED: Sayville Man Pleads Guilty to Liquor Store, 7-Eleven Armed Robberies

James Schenck is due back in court on April 2.

Update:

According to Bryan Cameron, a Sayville lawyer presenting James Schenck, Schenck has made a plea agreement with the district attorney's office that he enter Hope House Ministries, a counseling services facility in Port Jefferson, and completes a three-year program.

 

Original Story:

A Sayville man has pled guilty to robbing a Sayville liquor store and an Oakdale 7-Eleven and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 2.

James Schenck, 21, was arrested on Feb. 14, 2012 for robbing Michael’s Wines and Liquors on Feb. 10, 2012 and the 7-Eleven in the early morning hours of of Feb. 14, 2012. Police said he displayed a gun during both robberies and demanded cash from store employees.

Schenck pled guilty Feb. 28 to two counts of robbery with a firearm, C felonies; two counts of robbery in the third degree, D felonies, and two counts of petit larceny, which are A misdemeanors.

Since his arraignment on March 1, 2012, when he initially pled not guilty, he has been held on $200,000 bond/$100,000 cash bail.

ARCH STANTON March 01, 2013 at 03:53 PM
TWO ARMED ROBBERIES, DISPLAYED A GUN AT EACH LOCATION. PLEASE TELL ME THAT AFTER A PLEA AGREEMENT, HE WILL BE SERVING SEVERAL YEARS IN JAIL AND NOT JUST A SLAP ON THE WRIST, LIKE COUNSELING AT THE HOPE HOUSE.
kristi maurio March 01, 2013 at 04:32 PM
No disrespect to your opinion I understand it but jail in a case like this where there are obvious reasons why these crimes were commited , he would just come out after a few years worse off mentally than he was when he went in and hed be going back into society Hope House is not just a so called counseling place its a place where there are strict restrictions and their progress is monitered by the courts throughout their sentence. And have the threat of jail hanging over their heads looking at our society today seems like the better alternative for troubled youths addressing the problem instead of putting it away to manifest
ARCH STANTON March 01, 2013 at 05:35 PM
I DISAGREE. UNFORTUNATELY ANYONE THAT IS DESPERATE ENOUGH TO ENDANGER THE LIVES OF HARD WORKING PEOPLE AND THE POLICE WHILE COMMITING FELONIES WITH A FIREARM, ARE A DANGER TO SOCIETY. EVEN THOU IT WAS NOT MENTIONED, I'M WILLING TO BET THAT THIS WAS NOT HIS FIRST OFFENSE. IMAGINE YOURSELF WORKING, WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN A MAN ENTERS YOUR PLACE OF ESTABLISHMENT AND AIMS A GUN AT YOUR FACE, DEMANDING MONEY. I CAN'T EVEN PHANTOM WHAT MUST BE GOING THROUGH THAT PERSONS MIND. JAMES SCHENCK KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING AND NOW MUST SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES. LET THE PUNISHMENT FIT THE CRIME. HOPE HOUSE WILL NOT BE THE ANSWER FOR REHABILITATION IN THIS CASE. HE IS A MENACE TO THE PUBLIC AND LAW ENFORCEMENT.
Welcome Matt March 01, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Here's my question: If these crimes had been commited by a 21 year old man from Central Islip or Wyandanch would he have the option of Hope House, or would a one way ticket to Rikers be more likely? I get both sides of the argument, its classic punishment vs rehab. But I think there's a fairness question here too. I would welcome hearing from someone who knows more about sentencing (criminal lawyer/judge etc) and could tell us whether this is unusual or the norm. My gut is that its unusual for these crimes (and his age - 21).
Amanda March 01, 2013 at 08:11 PM
First off it says he DISPLAYED a gun.. Not that he pointed it in anyones face. Throwing a kid in jail who obviously needs rehabilitation is rediculous. He would only meet other criminals, not get the HELP he needs, and in the end come out worse than he woiuld going in.... Think about it.. surround him w/ criminals? or surround him w/ people getting help? Which do you think would produce a better outcome?
Stella Michel March 01, 2013 at 11:11 PM
BTW, he's not a kid. He's 21 -- a legal adult who should be held accountable for his actions.
ARCH STANTON March 02, 2013 at 12:55 AM
WHAT A LUDICROUS COMMENT TO MAKE. SO WHAT YOUR SAYING IS THE STORE EMPLOYEES DIDN'T FEEL AS THREATENED IF THE GUN WASN'T AIMED AT THEIR FACES. I GUESS IF THE WEAPON WASN'T LOADED THE EMPLOYEES WOULD HAVE ALSO FELT SAFER. YOU ALSO MENTIONED THAT SCHENCK IF INCARCERATED, WOULD MEET OTHER CRIMINALS. WHAT, HE IS A CRIMINAL. HE COMMITTED TWO ARMED ROBBERIES THAT THE POLICE KNOW OF. BY YOUR DEFENDING HIM ONLY MAKES YOU LOOK RIDICULOUS. THIS WAS NOT PETIT LARCENY. SOMEONE COULD HAVE DIED.
kristi maurio March 02, 2013 at 01:43 PM
As a lifelong resident of sayville I would much rather have james come back into society having received treatment!! come on obviously drugs are the reason he commited these crimes if you throw him in jail where there is no treatment he will probably come out still addicted to drugs and still on the wrong path I'd much rather see james get help turn his life around and be a productive member of society he's still young he has a chance this sounds like typical denial of the drug problem in our community because its SAYVILLE not patchogue if people realized drug addiction does not discriminate all social statuses are affected people just choose to ignore it and say not my town which is bs I know of children of drs in our town and other so called well respected profesionals who are struggling every day with addiction bad things happen to good people !!
ARCH STANTON March 02, 2013 at 05:53 PM
KRISTI, HOW SOON YOU FORGET. ONE EXAMPLE, FATHERS DAY JUNE 19, 2011, DAVID LAFFER A KNOWN DRUG ADDICT ENTERED A LOCAL MEDFORD PHARMACY WITH A HANDGUN AND PROCEEDED TO EXECUTE TWO EMPLOYEES AND TWO CUSTOMERS. HIS MOTIVE, DRUGS AND MONEY. IF HE HAD JUST ENTERED THE STORE, GRABBED AND RAN, I MIGHT AGREE WITH YOU. BUT HE DIDN'T, HE CHOSE TO BRING A WEAPON INTO THE STORE. WHAT IF HE DECIDED NOT TO LEAVE WITNESSES OR THE POLICE RESPONDED WHILE THE ROBBERY WAS IN PROGRESS. SOMEONE WOULD HAVE DIED. THE PUNISHMENT HAS TO FIT THE CRIME,, NOT A SLAP ON THE WRIST.
Frank Gibbler March 04, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Arch, my man, i agree with everything you're saying but could we tone it down on the caps lock? reading everything you typed as yelling is really harshing my buzz.
Welcome Matt March 04, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Kristi, As a "lifelong resident of Sayville" would you feel the same way if James was from Brentwood, Gordon Heights? Be honest now. You may know him, you may know the family, but the bottom-line is that justice should be blind. If every early 20's felony offender was given the choice of a stint at Hope House vs. prison, poor Father Frank would have a great deal of overcrowding on his hands! So what makes James so special?
anonymous March 05, 2013 at 01:14 AM
nobody is sitting here saying that what he did is right but this was his FIRST offense ever just so that you are aware. He had a clean record before this. and like the other comments mentioned being in jail would be worse for him that getting the help he needs to get clean and get professional help. if he were to stay in jail he would come out worse than he ever was before. its not like there letting him walk the streets tomorrow....hes going to be in the hope house for 3 years. I don't agree with what he did and nobody else did when this happened but why let him rot in jail when hes being given the option to get clean
Jonathan Smith-Jones March 21, 2013 at 01:14 PM
He was a known cocaine dealer in Sayville. How do you think he bought that brand new Cadillac CTS straight cash? That car went for $50k when he bought it with his drug money.
Victoria March 27, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Just to clarify, it was in fact his first offense and it was an air soft gun. There was no actual threat to anyones life, which is what played a major role in reducing his charges and his final sentencing. Am I defending his actions? Absolutely not. Do I understand your concern for the community? Absolutely. Do I feel for the employee who was unaware that the gun wasn't real? Of course. However, what I'm the most disappointed in is your obvious desire to stay ignorant. If you wanted to find out the facts on the case, if you were really concerned, you would have already known this information and I wouldn't have to tell you. Instead of just yelling your opinion into a computer, why don't you use the internet for something productive, like learning.
ARCH STANTON March 27, 2013 at 03:13 AM
HEY VICTORIA, YOUR THE ONE THAT NEEDS TO GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT. HE COMMITTED TWO ARMED ROBBERIES A FEW DAYS APART. THAT WOULD MEAN HE COMMITTED TWO CRIMES, BOTH FELONIES. THERE WAS NO ACTUAL THREAT TO ANYONES LIFE, ARE YOU SERIOUS. WHAT IF THE STORE EMPLOYEES WERE ARMED OR THE POLICE RESPONDED WHILE THE ROBBERY WAS IN PROGRESS, YOUR TELLING ME THAT NO ONE COULD HAVE BEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED. WHAT AN IDIOTIC COMMENT TO MAKE ON YOUR PART. AS FAR AS THE AIR GUN THAT YOU CLAIM WAS USED IN BOTH ROBBERIES WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN REPORTED BEFORE, IS INSIGNIFICANT. TELL THAT TO THE OFFICERS RESPONDING TO A ROBBERY IN PROGRESS. UNFORTUNATELY YOUR THE ONE THAT DOESN'T SEEM CONCERNED, YOUR MAKING EXCUSES FOR A TWO TIME FELON AND I HAVE TO QUESTION YOUR MOTIVES. NOW WHO IS THE IGNORANT ONE?

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