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Rochester man gets 20 years in prison in death of Medina comic book collector

A Rochester man was sentenced Tuesday to  20 years in federal prison after being convicted of participating in a burglary that ended in the death of  elderly Medina comic book collector Homer Marciniak.

Albert W. Parsons, 47,  is the eighth suspect to be convicted in the July 5, 2010, slaying of the  78-year-old Medina man. His payoff  --  $1,000, which was supposed to be his share in the theft of a valuable comic book collection, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott S. Allen Jr.

On July 4, 2010, Parsons and three accomplices cut the telephone line to the victim's home. The next morning,  wearing ski masks and gloves, the four broke into the house, only to be confronted by Marciniak, who was bound and beaten. The four made off with the comic books,  along with several strong boxes containing cash, coins and other valuables, the prosecutor said.   Marciniak, meanwhile,  freed himself and was taken to Medina Memorial Hospital for treatment of facial injuries.

However, after Marciniak was treated and released, he suffered a heart attack and died shortly after returning to the hospital.  Allen said medical experts ruled that the beating and the emotional trauma of the crime contributed to his death.

Rochester Police in the fall of 2010 tracked down and arrested Parson and accomplices. Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. said the investigation showed the burglary was linked to an organized shoplifting ring that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise in Rochester.

Parson's accomplices were sentenced earlier, with Rico Vendetti, Arlene Combs and Donald Griffin receiving 20 years behind bars.. Terry Steward was sentenced to 55 months on a racketeering conviction and Dayon Shaver got a 46-month prison term for cross-state trafficking in stolen goods.

Aldo B. Meade spent nine months in custody  for his role in interstate stolen goods trafficking and Juan Javier, who was 17 at the time of the 2010 burglary but was prosecuted as an adult in Orleans County, was sentenced to seven years in state prison, Kennedy said.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI, State Police, Orleans County Sheriff's Office,  Monroe County Sheriff's Office,  Medina Police Department, Rochester Police Department and Orleans County District Attorney Joseph Cardone. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcar imposed the sentence.



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