19-year-old Found Guilty of Burglary of a House of Worship

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A Jefferson County jury deliberated approximately 15 minutes Tuesday before handing down a guilty verdict in a burglary case stemming from an April incident at Spero Family Services.

Nineteen-year-old Sydney Pecora was found guilty of felony burglary of a house of worship.

According to police reports, officers responded in April to a call from Spero regarding a burglary to an office in the chapel on the facility grounds. The office was broken into and several items were taken.

An investigation into the incident led officers to develop 18-year-old Dylan J. Butler as a suspect and when officers made contact with Butler at Spero Family Services he reportedly had several items in his possession that had been taken from the chapel.

Butler has since been placed on conditional discharge in that case, but is now facing felony theft charges in Williamson County.

The investigation then led to Pecora as a second suspect. Pecora was on probation at the time of the burglary after having pleaded guilty to the January armed robbery of a Mt. Vernon taxi cab driver.

A petition to revoke that probation has been filed and will be heard September 18 at the same time a status hearing is held on the sentencing for the burglary conviction.