SOUTHINGTON - A local man has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to helping steal more than $15,000 worth of jewelry from his grandmother, a Southington resident.
Albert Skwiot, 35, was handed down the sentence Thursday in Bristol Superior Court.
“It’s the perfect example of what drugs do to a person, a family and a grandmother,” said Jeffrey Lee, state prosecutor. “Disgusting.”
Lee went on to say Skwiot “betrayed and victimized” his grandmother.
According to police, Melissa Quinn, 33, and Skwiot had been staying at a home belonging to Skwiot’s grandmother in September, when $15,900 worth of jewelry went 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 will likely learn on her next court date, on June 7, if a judge feels the program is appropriate. She could be expected to pay restitution.
At a previous hearing, Skwiot 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 was not pursued.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.