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Nicolas Meridy





Outside Worcester Town Court on Thursday, Oct. 17, Stephanie Robinson, the dead man’s niece, declares her uncle “the best father.” Robinson’s girlfriend, Jennifer Ives, is at left.  (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Dylan Robinson, 15, is led into Otsego County Court, Cooperstown. (Libby Cudmore/

WORCESTER – At age 15, Dylan Robinson is the youngest person to be tried in Otsego County Court for murder.

Ken Robinson

The OHS student allegedly shot and killed his father, Kenneth Robinson, 53, during a burglary Thursday, Oct. 10, at the father’s mobile home on Head Road, Town of Worcester.

State police said four other teenagers and a 32-year-old Oneonta man were with him, looking to rob Robinson of $5,000 in cash and marijuana that Dylan had said were in the house.

Once inside, Dylan woke his father, nudging him with the barrel of the gun, and when he tried to wrestle the gun away, the son shot his father, once in the chest and once in the head.

“It doesn’t matter that some of them didn’t pull the trigger; they’re just as guilty.”

Dylan, along with Alexander Borgreen, 16, and Anais Soto, 15, appeared in front of County Judge John Lambert on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Cooperstown. The three are charged with second-degree murder and first-degree burglary.

“The facts established that Robinson, Borgreen and Soto were in the residence at the time of the shooting,” District Attorney John Muehl told Lambert. “They all had weapons. It doesn’t matter that some of them didn’t pull the trigger; they’re just as guilty.”

All three are Oneonta High School students.

Robinson, 53, was shot twice with a .30-06 rifle.

Soto – Muehl said she stood lookout out front during the burglary – sobbed in the courtroom, while Alex and Dylan made no outward displays of emotion.

Muehl is filing the paperwork to have the three charged as adults.

Two other teens, Alexis Lotterman, 16, Walton, and Tatiana Febo, 17, Downsville, were accused of burglary. “No evidence shows Lotterman was in the residence or that she even knew what the plan was,” said Muehl.

Though Alexis was arraigned with the other teens, Tatiana was arrested and arraigned Tuesday, Oct. 22. Muehl alleged that she drove the getaway car to and from Robinson’s house. Both were released to the custody of their parents and will likely be charged as juveniles, said Muehl.

At one point during Wednesday’s hearing, Alexis mouthed “I love you” to her family, gathered in the courtroom. Her attorney, Paul Madison, brought her a handful of tissues, and she put her head down on the table and wept.

Alexis, Ace, Alex, Tatiana and D-Money

The night of the shooting, the teens gathered at 37 Fairview Ave., Apartment 2½, Oneonta, occupied by Nicolas Meridy, 32, to plan the robbery, State Police Investigator Ronald Lussi told Town Justice William Fisher at Meridy’s hearing in Worcester Town Court.

“Did Mr. Meridy tell you who was involved in the planning?” Muehl asked.

“Alexis, Ace, Alex, Tatiana and D-Money,” said Lussi. “The defendant was unable to provide last names.”

“Ace” is believed to be Soto, “D-Money” Dylan.

After the planning session, Tatiana drove them to the scene, where Dylan opened the door and let Meridy and Alex in the home, Lussi testified.

Soto stood watch at the door, while Alexis and Tatiana waited in the car, Muehl said.

Once inside, according to Lussi’s account, Dylan went to the bedroom where his father was sleeping alongside Dylan’s 5-year-old half-brother, and woke his father with the shotgun in hand; when a struggle ensued, the son shot his father twice.

During a 4½-hour interrogation, Meridy told Lussi that Dylan struck him with the gun during the struggle, “causing the gash on his forehead,” the investigator testified.

Meridy had two guns on him, but told Lussi that, after the shooting, he went outside and waited in the car for Alex and Dylan to exit the home.

State Police Investigator Lester Burton was the first trooper to arrive at the scene, and found Robinson lying dead on the threshold.

Robinson’s other son, 12, was asleep in his bedroom.

Attorney Andy Puritz, representing Meridy, did not call any witnesses. “There is no evidence that my client entered without permission,” he said. “The deceased’s son let him into the home.”

“That’s not permission for robbery,” said Muehl. “He admitted to being let into the house in order to rob it, that he had guns and during that robbery, Kenneth Robinson was killed.”

Fisher sided with Muehl and transferred the case to Otsego County Court. He remanded Meridy back to the Otsego County Jail without bail.

He told everyone he was going to kill his dad, and then he did.”

The police believe that Robinson’s death was part of a botched robbery. But, when the hearing ended, his niece, Stephanie, said she thinks otherwise.

“I think Dylan went in there with the intent of killing his dad,” she said. “He told everyone he was going to kill his dad, and then he did.”

During the hearing, Stephanie had sat next to Kenneth’s girlfriend, Jennifer Ives, comforting her while she wept audibly. Both held a photo of Robinson and battery-operated candles in their laps.

“Dylan stole those guns,” said Stephanie, “He knew that his dad didn’t have any money or weed there, and he led everyone there to kill his dad.”

They held the photos again outside the courthouse as Meridy was led past them and into the Sheriff’s transport van.

“Kenneth was an amazing man,” said Stephanie. “But it doesn’t matter who killed him or why. He’s still gone.”


Fifth Teen Arrested in Worcester Homicide
Driver Arraigned, Charged With Burglary

5th Teen Arrested

In Worcester Slaying

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – The alleged driver of the getaway car to and from the site of the murder of Kenneth Robinson, 53, Worcester, has been arrested, according to District Attorney John Muehl.

Tatiana Febo, 17, Downsville, was arrested and charged with burglary, first degree. “We believe she drove them in her car to Robinson’s house,” said Muehl.


Troopers: Robbery Planned in Oneonta



Nicolas Meridy, 32, is led out of a felony hearing in the Town of Worcester court, where he was accused of helping orchestra the robbery that led to the murder of Kenneth Robinson at his home in Worcester. (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Stephanie Robinson, Kenneth’s niece, recalled how her uncle would do anything for his kids. “He was an amazing father,” she said.

WORCESTER – Dylan Robinson, 15, the son of Kenneth Robinson, woke up his father and shot him during a struggle for the gun, Senior Investigator Ronald Lussi told Worcester Town Justice William Fisher during a felony hearing for Nicolas Meridy, 32, the Oneonta man accused of helping orchestrate the robbery that lead to Robinson’s death.

“During my interview with Mr. Meridy, he did state that there was a planning session at his house at 37 Fairview Ave, Apt. 2 ½, where they planned to rob Mr. Robinson of money and marijuana,” said Lussi. “They then acquired weapons and drove to the residence.”

When they arrived, Lussi said, Dylan opened the door and let Meridy and the others – including Alex Borgreen, 16 – into the home. Anais Soto, 17, is believed to have been waiting outside.

Worcester Man Had Multiple Gunshot Wounds

‘Multiple Gunshot

Wounds’ Felled

Worcester Victim

Fifth Suspect – Fourth Juvenile – Held

For Burglary In Murder Investigation

Scott Heggelke, Captain of the Bureau of Criminal Investigators, Troop C, said that Kenneth Robinson was shot multiple times with long guns at his home in Worcester on Thursday. Five people, four of them juveniles, were arrested and charged, four with murder in the second degree and burglary in the first degree and one with burglary, first degree. (Ian Austin/


ONEONTA – State police confirmed today that Kenneth Robinson, 53, was shot multiple times with a “long gun” in the course of a robbery at his home on Head Road on Thursday, Oct. 10.

“The first responding troopers saw a man lying just inside his door,” said BCI Capt. Scott Heggelke, Troop C, in a 12:30 press conference at the State Police Oneonta Barracks. “The house was on fire, but the trooper pulled him outside, and it was obvious that he was the apparent victim of multiple gunshot wounds.”

Oneonta Man, Teens Charged In Worcester Man’s Murder





Kenneth Robinson’s body was found inside his home on Head Road in Worcester. The cause of death was a gunshot wound. (Photo provided by State Police Troop C)


Nicolas Meridy

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man and three teenagers were charged with murder after they allegedly shot a Worcester man to death in his home last night.

Nicolas Meridy, 32, one 17-year-old and two 15-year-olds, all of Oneonta, were arrested after the body of Kenneth W. Robinson, 53, was found with a fatal gunshot wound inside of his residence on Head Road in Worcester.

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