MALONE — A Plattsburgh man who broke into a Malone home where the owner was beaten with a crowbar by a romantic rival was sentenced to state prison.
Brandon Collins, 20, of Sandalwood Way pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary in Franklin County Court and was sentenced by Judge Robert G. Main Jr. to five years in prison and 15 years of post-release supervision.
He was also ordered to pay $484 in restitution.
Collins was among a trio of Clinton County men who broke into the home of Jeffrey Durant, 32, of Duane Street Road on June 26, 2011.
Daniel DeCarlo, 29, also of Sandalwood Way, was sentenced last month to 14 years in state prison for second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and first-degree gang assault for the home invasion, which left Durant severely injured when DeCarlo beat him in the head and shoulder with a crowbar.
Durant was dating DeCarlo’s ex-girlfriend at the time.
Collins reportedly held Durant in a head lock while DeCarlo struck him.
Like Collins, the third person arrested in the incident, Todd Knudsen, 20, of Plattsburgh, had agreed to testify against DeCarlo had that case gone to trial.
A sentencing date has not been set for Knudson. But he has agreed to a deal with prosecutors for a prison term not to exceed two and a third to seven years.
According to State Police investigators, DeCarlo, Collins and Knudsen drove to Malone from Plattsburgh and walked from the Malone Recreation Park to Durant’s home.
DeCarlo used night-vision goggles and a map he’d drawn to lead the way to the home, which is near the Malone Golf Club.
The men entered the home through a siding-glass door about 5 a.m., found Durant asleep on the couch, and DeCarlo began hitting him with the crowbar. Durant awoke and fought back against the blows, and Collins and Knudsen ran out and arranged a ride back to Plattsburgh.
Durant escaped and got a ride to Alice Hyde Medical Center, where he was initially treated, then transferred to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. He suffered a 3½-inch skull fracture and had to have 55 stitches in his forehead and back of his head. He also had a broken nose and severely bruised shoulder from the attack, which no longer allows him to participate in sports.
DeCarlo was found by investigating State Police early that morning in the locker room at the golf club, soaking wet and wearing a trash bag like a poncho. He said he’d been fishing and fell in the water, but no fishing gear was found.
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