Published October 28, 2011 in the Times Argus
Choice Academy burglar sentenced
BARRE — One suspect in a Choice Academy break-in that police say was connected to the Memorial Day burning of the Aldrich Block was sentenced in Barre criminal court Wednesday.
In a plea agreement, Kraig Kernehan, 27, of Barre, was sentenced to 17 to 18 months in prison on a burglary charge. He also was sentenced to 30 days in prison on an unrelated charge of driving under the influence that stemmed from a February accident.
Kernehan was ordered to pay $442 in fines and court surcharges. In the agreement, one count of unlawful trespass of a building was dismissed.
According to court affidavits, for several consecutive days after the May 2010 fire, Kernehan was among as many as five people who entered Choice Academy and stole game consoles and other electronic devices. Police say some of the items were sold to help finance the getaway of the people responsible for the fire.
According to court affidavits, Kernehan was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee on Beckley Street when he lost control of the vehicle, which hit a snow bank, overturned and landed on its roof.
Police say that at the scene of the accident, Kernehan had a blood alcohol content of more than two times the legal limit.