GOSHEN – A Middletown man was convicted by an Orange County Court jury on Wednesday of two counts of felony burglary for having committed two residential burglaries in the towns of Wawayanda and Hamptonburgh in December 2014.
Prosecutors had argued that in December 2014, Octavius Wilborn, 21, and three other men went on a burglary spree in western Orange County. Two of the men, Jamal Bynum, 20, and Emanuel Mosley, 22, both of Middletown, had each previously pled guilty to burglary and are awaiting sentencing.
A fourth man, Jonathan Pierre, 20, had also been charged by a grand jury for taking part in the burglaries and is scheduled to go to trial next month.
During Wilborn’s trial, evidence was introduced that the four burglarized the homes during the college holiday break stealing several Christmas presents. Evidence included Wilborn searching Internet sites for additional places to burglarize in Orange County. In one instance the residents were home and asleep during the burglary.
Wilborn faces up to 15 years in state prison for each of the two burglaries when he is sentenced in May.