Matthew Campagna of Turners Falls pleads guilty to taking part in three robberies
NORTHAMPTON — A 26-year-old Turners Falls man was sentenced to probation and time served Thursday after admitting he had taken part in a one-day robbery spree with two other men.
Matthew Campagna pleaded guilty before Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha Josephson to three counts of felony daytime breaking and entering and three counts of larceny over $250.
According to Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Carrie Russell, who prosecuted the case, on May 7, 2012, Campagna agreed to take a ride with two other men and accompanied them to three home invasions and robberies.
The first was at a home in Conway, the second in Whately. The trio robbed one more home in Williamsburg before being stopped by state police.
Russell said items taken from the three homes included jewelry, cash, laptop computers and a pair of television sets.
Campagna’s defense attorney, Robert Bray of Greenfield, said Campagna had been holding a steady job and was keeping close ties with his family before he made the decision to get in the car, causing all of his efforts to go “up in smoke in one quick afternoon.”
Bray said Campagna told the arresting officer that he should have stayed home with his family.
Bray said Campagna’s mother attended every one of her son’s court appearances, and even hitchhiked from Greenfield to Northampton to attend the change-of-plea hearing Thursday.
While on probation, Campagna must avoid illegal drugs and submit to random screenings, have no contact with the victims and pay $500 in restitution.
He was given credit for 235 days already served in jail.
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