State archive thief: "I apologize" (NYS)

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A veteran state archivist who stole hundreds of historical state artifacts over a decade and sold some on the Internet apologized today, as a judge sentenced him to 2 to 6 years in prison.

Daniel Lorello, 55, of Rensselaer, pleaded guilty to grand larceny in August,six months after state investigators charged him with swiping items that included two Davy Crockett almanacs.

The since-fired Lorello had once coordinated a three-year plan to renovate storage of state records on the 11th floor of the State Library.

But In Albany County Court today, he acknowledged his guilt to Judge Thomas Breslin as former colleagues sat in the gallery.

"I apologize to the people of the state of New York," Lorello, a native of Maine. said with a slight New England accent.

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