Sentencing continued for armed home invader

The sentencing for Hyson E. Fredericks was continued Wednesday because the elderly couple he robbed at gunpoint could not attend due to health reasons.

“They have a right to be present,” Judge Marc F. Lovecchio said.

Lovecchio approved the commonwealth’s continuation request over the objection of Fredericks’ defense attorney Julien Allatt.

A jury convicted Fredericks last October of conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary, theft and criminal trespassing after he and co-conspirators held Bruce and Brenda Ginther at gunpoint in their Ross Street home on Dec. 11, 2011.

Fredericks and his co-conspirators broke into the Ginther residence and pointed shotguns at them while they were lying in bed. They ransacked the Ginther’s dresser drawers and dumped out their dog’s cremains and two boxes of jewelry into a bag, Brenda Ginther testified. The items, some of which were recovered from Fredericks’s residence, were valued at about $8,000.

The Ginthers could not be present at Fredericks’s sentencing because Bruce Ginther had surgery, they told the court through First Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Osokow.

Lovecchio rescheduled Fredericks’ sentencing to 10 a.m. Feb. 4. He ordered the commonwealth to inform the Ginthers of the new date and determine their availability.

“If they are not available in person and wish to address the court, they can be available by telephone,” Lovecchio said.