Man Who Stole Vehicle from Bishop's Home Sentenced

Joshua Hobes to serve one year in prison

Mike Baggerman
June 12, 2018 - 12:07 pm

Joshua Hobes, 20, sentenced in Erie County Court after stealing credit cards and vehicle from the Oakwood Place residence of Bishop Richard Malone. June 12, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Before he was sentenced to one year in prison by Judge James Bargnesi on Tuesday, Joshua Hobes was asked by Bargnesi how he was doing.

"Blessed," Hobes responded."I'm just ready to go."

Bargnesi told Hobes that he would serve a year in prison for each of the crimes he committed which included Grand Larceny, Identity Theft, Unauthorized Use of Vehicle, and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. All told, he plead guilty to five felonies and one misdemeanor, though the judge said the 20-year-old will serve those years concurrently at a local facility.

Hobes, 20, stole a vehicle from the Oakwood Place residence of Bishop Richard Malone in late-January. He also stole credit cards that were in a coat belonging to Malone's priest secretary Father Ryszard Biernat. Hobes used the credit cards to purchase items from a store then fled with the vehicle to Rochester, where he was arrested in the city on February 1.

Hobes has a documented history of mental illness and drank excessively as a way to self medicate.

"We see this commonly at kids his age in the city," James Auricchio, Hobes' attorney, said. "It's kind of different than the background you or I had where he's struggling for survival, not just things we might struggle with every day. This kid didn't have money in his pocket for food at times in his life."

Auricchio said Father Biernat is looking forward to sit and speak with Hobes. In the court, Biernat did not testify though attorneys said the priest is willing to forgive Hobes.

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