Richard Orozco of Chicopee sentenced to prison for theft of $1,000 in quarters, negligent operation

Last modified: Friday, March 06, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Chicopee man is headed to state prison for three to five years after he stole $1,000 in quarters and crashed his car while driving negligently, all within a 10-hour period on April 8.

Richard J. Orozco, 40, pleaded guilty Jan. 21 in Hampshire Superior Court to breaking and entering, larceny over $250, misleading a police officer and negligent operation of a motor vehicle resulting from the incidents in Easthampton and Northampton.

At the time, Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jayme Parent and Orozco’s attorneys, Lisa Lippiello and David Mintz, both of Northampton, jointly recommended that Orozco be given concurrent sentences of three to five years in state prison on two counts relating to the break-in and two years in the Hampshire County House of Correction on the charge of negligent operation.

Judge Mary-Lou Rup imposed those sentences Thursday. She had delayed sentencing from Jan. 21 to allow Orozco to stay in the Hampshire County Jail so he could see his ailing mother and so he could resolve another open case against him in Hampden County.

On Thursday, the lawyers told Rup that Orozco had resolved that violation of probation case Wednesday and was sentenced to 2½ years in the Hampden County House of Correction. Rup ruled that the sentences she imposed would be served concurrently with the Hampden County sentence, which means Orozco will start serving the state prison sentence immediately.

Parent also filed paperwork Thursday to dismiss a third case against Orozco that involved violating a restraining order. It was part of the plea agreement.

Orozco admitted Jan. 21 that he had been drinking when he drove his car off Acrebrook Drive in Florence just before 3 a.m. April 8 and tried to convince police that he was a passenger in the car.

He also admitted that on the same day at 1:15 p.m. he kicked in the door of an apartment at 53 Ward Ave., Easthampton, and stole two large jars containing quarters worth an estimated $1,000.

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