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The brazen bone-head burglar who broke into a Mill Basin home — and paid dearly for his decision — has spent more time in prison than out over the last decade, prosecutors said.
Parolee Alexander Manigat’s extensive criminal history was divulged on Sept. 23 after a grand jury indicted him for breaking into an E. 64th Street home on Sept. 15, where he was shot by homeowner and pistol-packing retired guidance counselor Larry Goldstein.
Prosecutors said the 30-year-old Manigat, a resident of Flatbush, has been arrested eight times on burglary and drug offenses since the early 1990s.
His stint in prison pajamas began in May, 2005, when he pled guilty to attempted burglary and was sentenced to two years in jail. He was released in May, 2007, but found himself back in jail two months later when he was again arrested for attempted burglary, prosecutors said.
After serving 566 days on Riker’s Island, he pled guilty to the break-in in March, 2009, and was sentenced to another year in an upstate prison.
He was ultimately released in March, 2010, but five months later, just three weeks before his confrontation with Goldstein, Manigat was once again in handcuffs — cops caught him rifling through a car near the corner of Snyder and New York avenues in East Flatbush on Aug. 24.
He was out on bail when Goldstein shot him, officials said.
Manigat and another man allegedly crept into Goldstein’s home between Basset Walk and Mayfair Drive North at 2 am, waking the retiree up.
The 62-year-old grabbed his licensed handgun and found Manigat and his partner in the hallway. Goldstein opened fire, reportedly hitting Manigat three times, police said.
As shots were going off, Manigat’s accomplice scrambled out of the Mill Basin home unscathed. A starter pistol and a toy machine gun belonging to the two thieves were found left at the scene.
Manigat was rushed to Brookdale Hospital where he is still being treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen and a graze wound to the side of the head.
A grand jury charged Manigat with two counts of burglary, two counts of robbery and criminal mischief on Sept. 23. If convicted, he faces 15 years in prison, prosecutors said.
Attempts to reach Manigat’s attorney were unsuccessful.
Yet cops are only batting .500 as they try to close the book on this botched Mill Basin home invasion.
The hooligan who entered Goldstein’s home with Manigat remained at large by late Monday.
Cops would not disclose anything about their search for Manigat’s partner except to say that the investigation is ongoing.
Cops are asking anyone with information regarding Manigat’s partner to come forward. Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
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