Harry Fleischmann Jr., 35, of Patchogue is expected to spend more than a decade behind bars after ransacking a house belonging to a state trooper and then setting the house on fire.
(Long Island, NY) A Patchogue parolee convicted of ransacking a house belonging to a state trooper and then setting the house on fire is scheduled to be sentenced in Riverhead to 18 years in prison this Thursday, February 6th, 2014, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.
As a persistent felony offender, Harry Fleischmann Jr., 35, will be behind bars for 15 years for the burglary and three more years consecutively for setting fire to the victim’s East Patchogue house to destroy the evidence of the break-in.
“The homeowner, Eric Carver, is an Air National Guard reservist and was on active duty serving in Africa when the defendant committed these crimes,” District Attorney Spota said.
Detectives assigned to the Suffolk County Police Pattern Crimes Unit arrested Fleischmann on January 16 of last year.
“On December 26, 2012, Fleischmann, using a key he stole from the vehicle of a person watching Trooper Carver’s home while he was overseas, burglarized Carver’s house, taking credit cards, and then returned to the home the next day to thoroughly ransack the premises,” DA Spota said. The property taken in the second break-in included the Trooper’s personal, off duty, .9 mm semiautomatic pistol, a generator, and his SUV parked in the driveway.
“Fleischmann took a can of gasoline from the backyard shed, poured the gas throughout the house, and set it ablaze, destroying most of house,” the district attorney said.
District Attorney Spota said Fleischmann committed these crimes while on parole, and has a criminal history dating back to 1996.