HUDSON — Two downstate men were convicted Friday in Columbia County Court on charges stemming from a burglary in Austerlitz in 2020, Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka said.
Jonathan Barham, 34, of Cortlandt Manor, and Omar Hassan, 30, of Deer Park, were found guilty of third-degree burglary, a class D felony, and other related offenses, Czajka said.
Barham and Hassan broke into the Citgo gas station on Rigor Hill Road in Austerlitz at approximately 7:20 a.m. on June 15, 2020, to steal cigarettes, lottery tickets and money from an ATM. After gathering evidence, state police were able to track down the two men and both were arrested the next day, Czajka said.
A 12-person jury reached a verdict after four hours of deliberations. The trial began Nov. 1.
Both defendants are facing up to life imprisonment because they are listed as possible persistent felons.
Columbia County Judge Jonathan Nichols will sentence the men within 60 days, Czajka said.
Czajka commended Trooper John Moore for making the arrest after a vehicle-and-traffic stop.
“His arrest and Assistant District Attorney Ryan Carty’s conviction stopped a burglary spree that spanned multiple states and increased consumer costs throughout the Hudson Valley, and up and down the eastern United States,” Czajka said.
Barham is currently serving 3-7 years in Downstate Correctional Facility for third-degree burglary, a class D felony, and attempted third-degree burglary, a class E felony, for crimes that were committed in Suffolk County. Hassan was sent to Columbia County Jail to await sentencing.
John Hillman represented Barham and Justin deArmas represented Hassan.