NORWICH – “We have reached a verdict,” the jury foreman announced shortly after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, when he and his fellow jurors returned to the courtroom after roughly four hours of deliberation in the Michael A. Victor Jr. case.
That verdict was guilty on all 10 of the drug, weapons and conspiracy counts on his 2009 felony indictment.
“It is unanimous, your honor,” the foreman confirmed.
Victor remained stoic as each count of the indictment was read, casting his eyes first downward at the table before him, then raising them toward the ceiling. As the jury signified their decision to the final county, the defendant uttered an oath and placed his hands behind his back so he could be handcuffed by the Chenango County corrections officer standing at the ready.
District Attorney Joseph McBride, who prosecuted the case, said he was happy with the verdict.
“Hopefully it will send a message to out-of-town drug dealers that if you come to our town, you’ll face serious consequences,” McBride said.