Appellate court upholds grand larceny, weapons possession conviction

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KINGSTON – A man, who was convicted of stealing a wallet from a college student’s coat pocket while they were at a Kingston bus station on March 30, 2013, had his conviction and sentence affirmed by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court.
Brian Allen was convicted of criminal possession of a weapon, grand larceny and petit larceny.
After the victim’s wallet was stolen, he was able to recover it with the assistance of two female bystanders. Allen fled, but was caught by police a short time later.  While at the police station, investigators found a switchblade knife on him.
Following his conviction, Allen, a prior felony offender, was sentenced to a consecutive prison term of two to four years on the grand larceny, 3 ½ to seven years on the criminal possession of a weapon conviction, and one year for the petit larceny conviction.
Allen appealed the sentences and evidence presented at trial, but the appellate court upheld the convictions.