An Orchard Park man pleaded guilty Friday to stealing sports memorabilia from the home of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and causing crack cocaine to be planted in a man's car.
State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia told Mark J. Dombrowski, 36, that he will limit Dombrowski's prison sentence to one year, but Dombrowski must pay $6,500 to Kelly or insurance companies who have already compensated Kelly for the theft of more than $50,000 in sports memorabilia.
Sentencing was set for Nov. 17.
Dombrowski, who pleaded guilty to felony grand larceny for stealing the sports items while working at the Kelly home a year ago, told the judge he was able to recover almost all of the items after prosecutors gave him a chance to retrieve the stolen objects from various pawn shops and friends. Those items not recovered were valued at $6,500
In addition to the guilty plea in the thefts from Kelly, Dombrowski pleaded guilty to a felony count of attempted criminal sale of crack cocaine.
Paul S. Piotrowski, chief of the Erie County district attorney's Narcotics Bureau, said planting of illegal drugs constitutes a criminal sale.
Dombrowski admitted in court that on Feb. 14, he persuaded another man to plant crack cocaine in a car owned by his girlfriend's ex-husband. The car was parked in a ramp on West Eagle Street. Dombrowski's girlfriend and her ex-husband were in court across Delaware Avenue in a custody hearing involving their 3-year-old daughter.
Shortly after 3 p.m. that afternoon, according to prosecutors, Dombrowski told narcotics detectives he had seen two men passing guns and drugs near a car in the parking ramp across the street, then showed deputies the car.
Deputies then waited to confront the man, who told them that Dombrowski had planted drugs in his car in Springville less than a week earlier. Detectives subsequently arrested Dombrowski at his girlfriend's home.