GLENS FALLS — Glens Falls Police officers were surprised at who they found inside an apartment after getting a burglary complaint early Friday.
The break-in suspect who a resident of a South Street apartment found in her (gender corrected) bathroom early Friday was Questor L. French, a four-time felon who last November was sentenced to 7 to 14 years in state prison for two felony burglary convictions.
Despite a sentence that would seemingly keep him behind bars for years, French was free on parole, and had allegedly again found his way into someone else’s home weeks after his release.
Glens Falls Police Detective Lt. Peter Casertino said a resident of an apartment at 59 South St. arrived home around 12:30 a.m. to find the front door to her home open, and a man she didn’t know in the bathroom urinating. She called Glens Falls Police, who arrested French moments later.
Typically, prisoners have to serve the minimum portion of their sentence — in French’s case 7 years — before becoming eligible for release.
As part of his sentence though, French was directed to participate in the state prison system’s drug treatment program at Willard Correctional Facility, which when he completed it, would result in his early release from prison to parole.
French was able to get into the program in early November, and on Jan. 24, was released from state prison to parole supervision, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.
A spokesman for DOCCS said that French’s sentence stipulated he be allowed to participate in the Willard program, and he was released to parole after he completed the program, per its regulations.
He was on the street for less than three months before he was charged Friday with misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass and criminal possession of a controlled substance, police records show. The latter charge was filed in connection with a quantity of the prescription drug Suboxone that he was found to have without a prescription.
Casertino said he was not charged with felony burglary because he was spotted by the apartment resident before he stole anything, or committed any other crime while in the home.
French, 42, was also charged with violating parole, which resulted in him being sent to Warren County Jail without bail, and will result in his serving at least a portion of the 7- to 14-year sentence.
French has been to state prison four times since 2003 for burglary, grand larceny and attempted burglary convictions in the Glens Falls region.
His conviction last fall stemmed from two burglaries in Glens Falls in 2017 and 2018, one in which he entered an occupied apartment while drunk and stole two cellphones, and another where he broke in to an office and stole money and food, leaving behind DNA that led to his arrest.
French had also been charged with felony burglary in Hudson Falls earlier in 2017 when a resident awoke one night to find a man in his kitchen eating donuts. And in 2016 he was charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated for driving drunk with three children in a vehicle in Queensbury. Both of those cases resulted in misdemeanor convictions.