Albany Rioter Sentenced To Prison After Leaving A Person Disabled
A 25-year old Albany man learned his fate for attacking a man, leaving the victim disabled.
On Friday James Belland appeared in the Albany County District Court for sentencing for multiple offenses.
According to Albany County District Attorney David Soares, Mr. Belland was involved in a riot on June 1, 2020, around 11:30 pm in the vicinity of Watervliet Avenue and Hunter Avenue. During the incident Mr. Belland assaulted a 51-year-old man, leaving him with severe injuries.
According to court documents, Mr. Belland attacked an unidentified 51-year-old man and beat him so severely that he suffered brain damage. The victim's injuries were so severe that he is suffering from permanent paralysis.
Mr. Belland’s crime spree did not end with the assault. Around 1:30 p.m. he broke into the Family Dollar on Central Avenue where he was apprehended by police. Police say that during the arrest Mr. Belland resisted arrest, but he was eventually arrested and charged with Burglary.
In March 2021 Mr. Belland was stopped by police on Washington Avenue in Albany. During the stop he was arrested and police confiscated 5 grams of crack cocaine that was individually wrapped in baggies. He was taken into custody while he waited for his trial.
In June 2021, while Mr. Belland was incarcerated, he was involved in an assault of another inmate and charged with assault. The victim, in this case, suffered from bleeding, bruising, and broken bones.
Mr. Belland received sentencing for the burglary, assault, and rioting. He was sentenced to 12 years in state prison, and five years of supervised probation.