“This is a defendant who clearly knew that the items he was pawning off were stolen,” prosecutor Heidi Sylvanowicz said during yesterday’s hearing in Salem District Court.
The owner, a woman in her 60s, “will never see them again,” said the prosecutor.
But Mathey’s lawyer, Chris Beares, alleged that after promising that they would talk to the prosecutor about leniency in order to get his client to confess to the 2011 crimes, Manchester police never did.
“Don’t make him out to be a victim,” warned Judge Michael Lauranzano, who eventually went along with the defense lawyer’s request for the continuation without a finding.
Beares argued that his client, who had no prior record, has been in therapy and works full time as a farrier (someone who puts shoes on horses).
“A felony conviction will ruin his future employment,” Beares said.
In addition to submitting to a drug evaluation and recommended treatment during the next year, Mathey will be required to pay $2,467 in restitution to the woman.
That may be far less than what the pieces were worth, said the prosecutor, who noted that the items had not been appraised since the 1970s.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.