Kingston Man Sentenced for Robbing From Somerset ‘Superhero’
SOMERSET —A Kingston man who broke into a vehicle and stole cash and gift cards from the family of a Somerset boy known as “Superhero Alex” will be spending one year in jail.
The Bristol County District Attorney’s office said 36-year-old Garrett Turner was convicted in a bench trial Monday of breaking and entering into a vehicle and larceny over $1,200.
Judge Kevin Finnerty sentenced Turner to two years in jail with one year to serve and the rest of the time suspended for two years.
According to the D.A.’s office, 17 witnesses testified in the trial, which lasted three days.
Somerset police were called to a reported vehicle break-in on Jan. 28 and met with the victims, the parents of a boy with Down Syndrome who is well known in the community as “Superhero Alex” for the strength he’s shown battling cancer.
The D.A.’s office said Turner stole the victim’s wallet containing $200 cash, her driver’s license, credit and debit cards, and up to $700 worth of gift cards to a variety of stores.
That same night, at around 3:50 a.m., the defendant had tried to purchase $200 in gift cards at CVS before making a $243 ATM withdrawal at Bank Five at 5:37 a.m.
He also used the victim’s Department of Revenue card for child support to gain $300 in Venmo transactions to his own Venmo account.
Turner was eventually arrested in Fall River for driving a car without a license.
A search of the car later turned up multiple items connected to the Somerset robbery, according to the D.A.’s office.
Turner is currently serving a six month jail sentence for another larceny in Plymouth County.
“I’m pleased the court convicted the defendant of breaking into the victim’s car and stealing property,” said Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn. “It is very sad that this criminal conduct impacted a family which was dealing with a very ill child.”
“This defendant has a history of similar behavior,” he added. “I’m happy the sentence will be served in addition the sentence he is already serving.”
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