Six plead not guilty in county court

NORWICH – Six people charged with a variety of felonies and misdemeanors pleaded not guilty in County Court Friday and Monday, while another pair offered guilty pleas and two others were sentenced for their crimes.

• Shawn Fowlston, 27, of Norwich, was sentenced to two and a half years in state prison – with ten years of post release supervision – and must register as a sex offender once released.

In January, Fowlston pleaded guilty to one count of first degree sexual abuse – a class D felony – after admitting he subjected another individual to unwanted sexual contact, using physical force while restraining her against her will.



Judge W. Howard Sullivan called Fowlston’s actions “terrible” and reminded him that, while he will only serve a prison sentence, his victim will serve a lifelong sentence of her own following the incident. He added he hoped Fowlston will enroll in any appropriate rehabilitation programs while incarcerated and that “society is not safe until you do.”

• Kim Bishop, 35, of Oxford, pleaded not guilty to charges of fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, and petit larceny, an A misdemeanor, and was remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail after she admitted she would test positive for alcohol or an illegal substance when asked by Judge Sullivan.

Bishop was indicted in February and is accused of stealing property – a three-stone diamond and gold band – from a State Highway 23 residence in the Town of Plymouth. According to her indictment, the diamond ring is valued at $1,300.

• Matthew J. Gavazzi, 42, of Smithville, pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated – both class E felonies – and was released under the condition that he neither consume nor possess any alcohol, marijuana or controlled substances. Gavazzi must also report to the county’s treatment court coordinator for random testing.


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