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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.

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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