STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Last Oct. 5, repeat felon Kevin Harding was paroled from prison after serving his latest stint for burglary, records show.
And just two weeks later, the West Brighton resident ran afoul of the law again, said prosecutors.
Harding, 53, broke into a garage in his community on Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 and stole bikes, said a criminal complaint.
He was arrested and charged with burglary, petit larceny and stolen-property possession.
Harding was scheduled to start trial on Tuesday in state Supreme Court, St. George.
Instead, he opted to cut his losses.
The defendant accepted a plea offer which will return him upstate for up to six years.
A criminal complaint said the events unfolded around 10:45 a.m. on Oct. 18.
Harding, who lives on the 100 block of Bard Avenue, illegally entered a garage at a home on the 700 block of Bard, said the complaint.
He swiped a bike and left, the complaint said.
The defendant returned to the garage at about 10 a.m. the next morning and stole another bike, said the complaint.
Harding resolved the case by pleading guilty to third-degree burglary.
In exchange, he’ll be sentenced on May 31 to three to six years in prison.
Beyond responding “Yes” and “No” to Justice Lisa Grey’s procedural inquiries, the defendant made no statement about the case.
His reddish hair was pulled back in a bun, and he was garbed in tan-colored institutional sweatpants and a sweatshirt.
“This guilty plea to the top-count charge and ensuing prison sentence will make certain this defendant — a serial burglar who was on parole for a burglary conviction at the time of this offense — stays off our streets for a long period of time,” said District Attorney Michael E. McMahon. “The people of Staten Island, especially those in West Brighton who have been repeatedly victimized by this defendant’s past criminal actions, can rest at ease and feel safe in their homes with this defendant securely behind bars.”
McMahon added: “My thanks to the diligent investigative work by the NYPD and tireless efforts by my entire office, especially Assistant District Attorney Alexis Argentine, for successfully prosecuting this case and ensuring justice was delivered for the victims.”
Harding’s lawyer did not immediately return an email seeking comment on the case.
The defendant’s prison history dates to 1998.
It includes five different prison terms, mainly for burglary and attempted burglary, show online records of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
As a result, Harding has spent the bulk of the past two-plus decades behind bars.
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