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The Times
  • Former Fort Drum soldier sentenced for 2011 burglary

  • A former U.S. Army private was sentenced in Herkimer County Court on Monday to 10 years in state prison after accepting a plea deal last month.

    Russell A. Marcum, 21, formerly stationed at Fort Drum, pleaded guilty on July 23 to two counts of first-degree burglary.

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  • A former U.S. Army private was sentenced in Herkimer County Court on Monday to 10 years in state prison after accepting a plea deal last month.
    Russell A. Marcum, 21, formerly stationed at Fort Drum, pleaded guilty on July 23 to two counts of first-degree burglary.
    This sentence will run consecutive to Marcum’s other sentences of 1 1/2 to 4 years in Oswego County and 1 to 3 years in Cortland County.
    Assistant Herkimer County District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter said his office was prepared to go to trial before Marcum decided to take the plea deal.
    Marcum admitted to breaking into two homes on Sept. 16 and 17, 2011, on West Main Street in West Winfield and taking a handgun from one house before leaving it in the other.
    No one was home during the break-ins.
    Carpenter said he spoke with both homeowners before the deal was made and they were in favor of it, he said. “I think they were both relieved that they would not have to testify at the trial,” he said.
    Marcum fled while on bail from Watertown after being arrested for allegedly stealing a $700 plasma television from a storage locker.
    Marcum stole his parents’ vehicle and led authorities on a three-day, five-county chase, which ended in Otsego County on Route 20, near Cole Hill and Skinner roads, when authorities used stop spikes to disable his vehicle. He then took off by foot into a nearby, wooded area before stealing another vehicle and surrendering in Tompkins County.
    In Jefferson County, Marcum is charged with breaking into storage lockers and Preferred Power Sports on Route 11. He awaits grand jury action in Jefferson County on burglary and criminal possession of stolen property charges, although it is expected any sentence that would be imposed should he be convicted of those crimes would also run concurrently to sentences imposed in other counties.

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