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Burglary accomplice sentenced to 2 to 4 years

Cases against three suspects in the Christmas Eve home invasion of a Lounsbury Lane residence still pending

An Antrim man charged in connection with a Dec. 24, 2012, home invasion in Peterborough pleaded guilty to being an accomplice to burglary in May, while the three teens accused of actually entering the Lounsbury Lane home are not yet scheduled for trial.

According to arrest affidavits filed by Peterborough police in January, Austin Cadorette, 18, and his brother Dylan Cadorette, 17, both of Greenfield, and Isaac Lyons, 17, of Antrim smashed a basement window at a Lounsbury Lane home at about 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 24, 2012. They allegedly reached in to unlock a deadbolt to gain entry into the house and threatened a 17-year-old boy, the homeowners’ son, who was sleeping in the basement. One of the intruders allegedly had a shotgun and hit the boy with the barrel of the gun. The affidavit does not indicate which of the three was holding the shotgun.

After the boy identified the intruders, police arrested Lyons and the Cadorette brothers about two hours after the break-in. They were each charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, robbery, first-degree assault and two counts of burglary.

Another man, Samuel Ruoff of Antrim, was charged in February with being an accomplice to burglary, for acting in concert with the Cadorettes and Lyons in planning the home invasion, according to Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Kenneth Perkes.

Ruoff, who is now 22, pleaded guilty to that charge in May at the Hillsborough County Superior Court, Perkes said. Ruoff was sentenced to two to four years in prison and is currently serving that sentence.

“He got a light sentence,” Perkes said. “He was the driver; he didn’t go into the house. He accepted responsibility for being the driver.”

Perkes said Ruoff was also given a 3.5 to 7 year suspended sentence on a charge of being an accessory to burglary.

Perkes said Monday afternoon that a hearing scheduled for earlier in the day on the charges against Austin Cadorette had been postponed. He said a hearing on the charges against Lyons is scheduled for Aug. 29 and a hearing for Dylan Cadorette is scheduled for Oct. 9. No trial dates have been set.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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