NORWICH – Two repeat offenders who violated court orders were in court recently looking for another chance from the legal system. Justice Kevin M. Dowd denied their requests, however, and ordered both to jail.
“Sometime these guys are going kill somebody, and that’s what it comes down to,” said Dowd after ordering that both men be remanded to the Chenango County Facility pending their next appearances.
Michael G. Murphy, 34, Birdsall Street, Norwich and David A. Klingman, 35, Union Street, Sherburne, who both have a history of alcohol and drug abuse, appeared in court after each had violated the terms of their release by using alcohol and drugs while their felony cases were pending.
“In my 30-plus years of experience in the system, we tend to give these people opportunities to make their lives better. And we think we’re trying to help them, but the response I get is that this system is a joke: ‘I can do whatever I please, there is never a consequence.’ Then, when they’re finally hit with the ultimate consequence, they turn into little babies,” said Dowd in response to one of the defendants asking for leniency.
Murphy was charged with two counts of first degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and two counts of driving while intoxicated.
On Aug. 2, 2007, in the Town of Oxford, Murphy was allegedly driving his 2000 Pontiac when he was pulled over and charged with DWI. Murphy had a prior alcohol conviction and his license was still under suspension at the time. After being indicted in December 2007 on those original charges by a Chenango County Grand Jury, Murphy was again arrested for DWI and driving without a license on March 15.