Defense lawyer Andrew Pratt of Troy said Amspaugh had no criminal record until age 30. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 30 and subsequently became addicted to drugs, Pratt said.
What followed was a series of thefts and burglaries of businesses when they were closed. When ultimately apprehended, Amspaugh admitted his crimes and cooperated fully with investigators, Pratt said.
“He had a bunch of things that unraveled in his life,” Pratt said, adding that during the same time Amspaugh and his significant other also lost their home to a fire. “He led a law-abiding life for many years. I think the sentence he already is serving more than adequately punishes him.”
Amspaugh said drugs “altered” his mind. “I started doing things I would never do. I feel terrible for what I did,” he said before sentencing.