Brandon C. Dodd, a 24-year-old whose name has been well known to local law enforcement for close to a decade, is going to prison for the first time in his life.
While he hoped for probation, he knew prison was a possibility. When Judge Robert C. Noonan showed no leniency today, Dodd became emotional.
A few minutes after being told he was going to spend five years in prison and another three on parole, the Batavia resident let out a little sob and his attorney, Fred Rarick, put a comforting hand on his shoulder.
As Dodd was escorted from the courtroom in an orange jail suit and shackles, Dodd's emotions apparently got the better of him. He lashed out at Noonan, saying something about "pedophiles."
Noonan said, "Just a minute, bring him back in here, please," and the deputy escorted Dodd back into the courtroom.
"Would you please repeat on the record what you just said," Noonan said.
"I hope you continue to let all the pedophiles walk the street and save all of the probation for those people," Dodd said.
Noonan then explained to Dodd that when he comes up for parole, the first thing the parole board will do is look at the transcript of today's hearing, and they will take into consideration what Dodd did and said.
Dodd said something about not caring as he was taken again from the courtroom, and a deputy later said that Dodd continued to mouth off all the way back to the jail.
Ironically, as Dodd was leaving, a man sentenced to state prison in Genesee County Court was coming in to face new child-sex charges.
In July, Dodd entered a guilty plea to a reduced burglary charge, limiting his maximum jail time from 15 to five years.
On March 18, Dodd and a partner forced their way into a house on Vine Street and, through the residents reportedly fought back, the duo left with money and property.
It turns out that what Dodd reportedly stole was $4,000 in cash and a stash of hallucinogenic mushrooms.
Attorney Rarick, before Dodd's outburst, requested a probation sentence for Dodd, saying the young offender was ready to turn his life around, get counseling, and become a productive member of society.
As evidence of Dodd's repentance, Rarick said Dodd made a full admission to all of his past crimes, including some he was never charged with, during his pre-sentencing interview. Dodd allegedly admitted to dealing drugs in Batavia.
"He was extremely honest," Rarick said. "I think he was flushing it all out and saying 'these are the things I've done in my life and I don't want to do them any more.'"
Rarick said there was no excuse for Dodd's past crimes, but he blamed it on drug and alcohol use and hanging out with the wrong crowd.
"The fact that you came clean with probation is not refuted here," Noonan said. "I'm just not willing to ignore that you engaged in extensive criminal conduct in our community. While it may have been all related to whether you were involved in drugs doesn't excuse yourself at all. You're fortunate you negotiated a favorable plea deal."