Swan Lake man going to prison for knifepoint robbery in Liberty

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Michael Boyles

MONTICELLO – A 32-year-old Swan Lake resident has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a 2020 knifepoint robbery of a Liberty gas station.  Sullivan County District Attorney announced the sentencing on Friday.

The defendant, Michael Boyles, pled guilty to robbery just prior to the start of his trial which was scheduled to begin on October 21, 2021.

Boyles was arrested by members of the Village of Liberty Police Department within minutes of the report of the robbery at approximately 10:30 PM on March 29, 2020. Video surveillance from the station, according to Galligan, showed that Boyles entered the Mobil gas station on North Main Street in Liberty and immediately approached the clerk’s counter holding an open knife, causing the clerk to flee outside. Boyles then stole cigarettes, lighters, and beer. He has been continuously incarcerated since his arrest.

After he entered his guilty plea, a series of court motions delayed sentencing until June 24, 2022.

DA Galligan said, “I am pleased that, despite this defendant’s vulgar outbursts in court, sentencing, in this case, moved forward and the Court imposed a term that will safeguard Sullivan County from this defendant’s dangerous conduct for many years.”

Boyles remains incarcerated at the Sullivan County Jail awaiting transport to the New York State Department of Corrections.