BY STEVEN COOK
SCHENECTADY — The career criminal arrested in January after a Niskayuna victim confronted and chased him could now spend the rest of his life in prison.
Mark Snare, 54, pleaded guilty in Schenectady County Court Monday to one count of first-degree burglary in connection with the Jan. 6 break-in at the Niskayuna home of Jason Adams.
Adams, a Schenectady High School teacher, encountered Snare after returning home that afternoon. Snare was in the home looking for valuables. A scuffle ensued. Snare escaped, but was caught a short time later.
In return for his plea, Snare is to be sentenced in October to a total sentence of 20 years to life in state prison. The plea came as jury selection was set to begin in front of Judge Frank P. Milano. Snare was represented by Schenectady County Public Defender Stephen Signore.
Snare’s latest sentence is in addition to a 12-years-to-life sentence from which Snare had been released on parole last year. His criminal history dates back 35 years.
Snare will be at least 74 before he is eligible for parole again, maybe longer depending on how the state treats his previous up-to-life sentence.
“Getting him off the streets will improve everyone’s safety,” prosecutor Peter Willis, of the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office said.
“It doesn’t appear that the defendant engaged in any kind of actual work in his entire life,” Willis added. “He’s just been a serial burglar who’s spent his entire adult life breaking into houses and staling. This gets him off the streets hopefully for the rest of his natural life.”