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TEEN IN COFFEE CAPER PLEADS TO A MISDEMEANOR CHARGE

Putting the lid on the so-called coffee caper in the Erie County district attorney's office, prosecutors Tuesday let a Buffalo teen-ager plead guilty to a reduced charge that won't appear on his public record.

DeCarlo Worth, 17, of Howlett Street pleaded guilty before City Judge Joseph D. Figliola to a reduced misdemeanor count of attempted petit larceny. He had been charged with petit larceny.

Because of his age and otherwise clean record, Worth was granted youthful-offender status under state law, meaning the guilty plea won't be public record. Sentencing will be in about six weeks, law enforcement sources said.

Worth and two other teens were charged Aug. 21 with stealing $64.69 in coffee money from under the noses of the district attorney's staff. The three were waiting in the district attorney's office to testify in court about a November 1989 stabbing.

Because Worth was granted youthful-offender status, neither prosecutors nor court officials would comment on his plea.

Friday, Figliola fined Adrian Yarborough, 18, one of Worth's co-defendants, $150 on two counts of non-criminal disorderly conduct. One of the charges stemmed from an unrelated incident.

The third teen was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal Sept. 5 on petit larceny counts.

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