Schenectady burglar, 61, gets 16 years to life in prison as persistent felon

A 61-year-old Schenectady man was sentenced on Monday to 16 years to life in prison for committing burglaries in 2022.

Mark Torra was convicted in Albany County Court in June of two counts of second-degree burglary following a jury trial.

Police said Torra entered a building on Albany Street in Colonie on June 22, 2022 and another building at a different address on July 5.

Judge William Little handed down a lengthy sentence because Torra was determined to be a persistent violent predicate felon because of his criminal record.

In 2001, he was sentenced to 18 to 22 years in prison on felony charges of driving while intoxicated, burglary and assault. He was released in February 2021, according to the state inmate database.