Slater's home burglarized

The News Leader

October 20, 2010 7:43:21 PM PDT
Former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater's partner's brother was arrested for burglarizing his home.

On Tuesday, Slater pled guilty to charges of criminal mischief stemming from last August's incident at John F. Kennedy Airport. His partner, Ken Rochelle, was also at court.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says Jonathan Rochelle, 39, broke into their home last week and took a laptop, printer and microwave.

"The defendant is accused basically of a crime of opportunity - brazenly breaking into his brother's apartment in broad daylight when he knew that nobody would be home," Brown said.

He was arrested on the same day Slater was in court.

Rochelle was awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on second-degree burglary and other charges.

If convicted, he faces up to fifteen years in prison.

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