On Monday, Oct. 4, Judge John F. Lambert sentenced Dylan Robinson to prison for 20 years to life for murdering father.
In connection with the death of his father, Kenneth Robinson, in 2019, Robinson, 17, was convicted June 23 of murder in the second degree, burglary in the first degree, and attempted robbery in the first degree. Robinson was sentenced to 10 years in prison for burglary and attempted robbery, each to be served concurrently, plus five years of post-release supervision.
Anais Soto, a defendant and co-defendant, testified during the trial that Dylan and his five accomplices went to steal marijuana and money from Kenneth’s house in Worcester. Prior to driving to Worcester, she said that she met Nicholas Meridy at his residence. After they arrived in Worcester, she recalled Dylan and Meridy going into the house with guns and she and Alexander Borggreen standing outside.
His father was shot in the chest and head, according to testimony. John Muehl, the district attorney for Otsego County, read a letter written by Kenneth Robinson’s mother during the sentencing hearing. She said Dylan forced his siblings to leave the house in their underwear after he shot Kenneth for pot and money.
DA John Muehl said, “If you can do this to your own family, you deserve the maximum sentence.”
Mueller had to decide whether Dylan would be tried as a juvenile or as an adult. According to him, an adolescent’s brain is not fully developed until they are 21, which may explain why they might get angry under certain circumstances. Muehl said “this was not the case. The burglary was planned with other people. They wore dark clothing and masks and had lookouts.”
During the interview, Muehl noted that Dylan knew where his father kept his drugs and money and could have retrieved them at any time. However, he deliberately waited until Kenneth was home before shooting him.
According to Muehl, “this wasn’t an impulse crime, and he should be treated as an adult.” Thomas Hegeman, Dylan’s lawyer, said the trial didn’t paint a complete picture of what Dylan faced that night and in his life prior to it.
Hegeman said “I sent a fuller picture prior to sentencing,”. Dylan Robinson declined the opportunity to speak Monday. Dylan, who was 32 at the time, was influenced by Meridy, said Hegeman. He was sentenced to 22 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to murder before his trial was to begin. The guns were Meridy’s idea, Hegeman said.
He asked Lambert to “craft a sentence that takes into account Dylan’s age and Dylan’s future,” and said, “He is not irredeemable.”
Lambert noted that Dylan made many poor choices, including drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana and hanging out with the wrong crowd, particularly a “33-year-old parolee.” However, Lambert pointed out Dylan was the mastermind behind the robbery, killed his father, and threatened his younger siblings.
As a minor, Dylan will spend the first four years of his sentence in an institution for youth. Lambert wishes Dylan the best of luck while he is in prison and tells him, “not all is lost with you.” Upon reaching his 21st birthday, he will be sent to prison to finish the remaining portion of his sentence.
When Hegeman received the sentence, he filed a court appeal to challenge the case and sentence.
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