SOUTHINGTON - A local man has been convicted of helping steal more than $15,000 worth of jewelry from a Southington resident.
Albert Skwiot, 35, accepted a plea bargain Wednesday, in Bristol Superior Court, that will send him to prison for two years. He pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree larceny, which was reduced from that of the second-degree.
One count of conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny will not be pursued.
Jeffrey Lee, state prosecutor, said Skwiot turned down another plea deal that would have included a year in prison, followed by three years of probation. That deal would have required restitution.
Skwiot is expected to be sentenced to two years in prison on May 31.
According to police, Melissa Quinn, 33, and Skwiot had been staying at a home belonging to a relative of Skwiot in September, when the homeowner found that $15,900 worth of jewelry was missing from the bedroom. This included 20 pairs of gold earrings and 40 gold rings.
Quinn and Skwiot were charged the following month and accused of stealing the jewelry.
Quinn, 33, has applied for Accelerated Rehabilitation - a first-time offender program. She faces charges of second-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny. She is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.
Lee previously told Quinn that if Skwiot accepted the plea deal that did not require restitution, she could be required to pay it all by herself if she wants to use the program.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or email@example.com.