COOPERSTOWN — Oneonta residents Dylan Robinson and Nicolas Meridy, indicted for their alleged involvements in the October death of Worcester resident Kenneth Robinson, were offered plea bargains Monday, Jan. 13 in Otsego County Court.
Robinson, 15, is Kenneth's son.
Meridy, 32, and Robinson were both offered 22 years in prison to life if they plead guilty, Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl said.
On Nov. 21, a grand jury indicted Robinson alongside fellow Oneonta residents Alexander Borggreen, 16; Anais Soto, 15; and Meridy, on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and first-degree attempted robbery.
Kenneth was found dead in the threshold of his home when emergency personnel responded to reports of a fire Oct. 10, according to investigators. Prosecutors alleged the suspects were attempting to rob him of $5,000 in cash and marijuana.
At a Nov. 1, hearing, Otsego County Judge John F. Lambert ordered the criminal cases against two other suspected accomplices — Alexis Lottermann, 16, of Walton, and Tatiana Febo, 17, of Downsville — be transferred to Otsego County Family Court, where they will be prosecuted by Otsego County Attorney Ellen Coccoma.
Investigators said they believe Lottermann and Febo stayed in the car while Robinson, Borggreen and Meridy entered the residence armed with shotguns and rifles, and Soto, also believed to be armed, stood watch. Robinson, Borggreen and Meridy then allegedly set fire to the home in an attempt to cover up the murder of Kenneth.
Muehl said Soto and Borggreen haven't been offered any plea bargains, yet. He told The Daily Star on Dec. 6, that although Robinson, Borggreen and Meridy were indicted on the additional charge of third-degree arson, Soto was not.
Muehl declined to answer why only Robinson and Meridy were offered plea bargains, saying it was not something he wanted to discuss at this point. Muehl said he is still investigating the involvements of Soto and Borggreen in the Oct. 10 incident.
Soto was released to the custody of her parents after Lambert lowered the bail amount from $25,000 cash to $2,500 on Dec. 6.
The Daily Star reported Dec. 6, that attorneys for Robinson and Borggreen reserved their right to submit written requests for bail reduction at a later date. Muehl on Monday said Robinson and Borggreen had not posted bail and their attorneys didn't submit requests for bail reduction.
Muehl said the relationship between the teens and Meridy is still unknown.
"(We) have never been able to make the connection, yet," Muehl said. "Hopefully, at some point we'll find out, but I don't know what it is."
He said it isn't known whether the robbery was successful or if the cash and marijuana the suspects were after even existed.
The next court appearance for Meridy, Robinson, Soto and Borggreen is March 9.
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