Eleven plead not guilty, two sentenced in county court

NORWICH – A trio of convicted felons were sentenced in county court Wednesday, while another 11 pleaded not guilty to the felony and misdemeanor charges brought against them.

• Stephen M. Wright, 20, Norwich, was originally charged in November of 2011 with three felonies including first degree robbery, a class B felony; second degree assault, a class D felony; and third degree conspiracy, a class D felony, in addition to one count of fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor, in connection with a robbery and assault that occurred in a secluded area of the railroad tracks between Mitchell and Rexford streets.

On Wednesday, Wright was sentenced to five years in state prison, with five years post release supervision, and must pay restitution in the amount of approximately $200.

In court, Wright apologized for his actions and blamed his drug addiction for the crime. He added he “didn’t care” at the time and plans to use his time in prison to better himself, to come back “a better person.”

• Thomas Plows, 21, Brookfield, was indicted in August of 2011 on charges of third degree burglary – a class D felony – and petit larceny, in connection with an incident on June 13 in the Town of North Norwich. It was alleged at that time that Plows broke into a barn located on Church Hill Road and stole motorcycle parts and a metal cabinet.



Plows was sentenced to one and a half to ­three years in state prison and will instead receive treatment at the Willard Drug Treatment Center. He must also pay restitution in the amount of $200. Plows said he was sorry for his actions. Public defender John Cameron called the sentence a “fair and reasonable” one.

• Tonya R. Jenkins, 42, Norwich, was originally charged in October of 2011 with fourth degree conspiracy, a class E felony, two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and a pair of class A misdemeanors, seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare.

On Wednesday, Jenkins pleaded guilty to third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell – a class B felony – and was subsequently sentenced to two years in state prison with two years post release supervision. Jenkins was granted a five-day furlough to spend time with her teenage children and ordered not to consume or possess any alcohol, controlled substances or marijuana. She must also meet with the county’s Treatment Court coordinator for random testing.

If she were to violate the terms of her furlough, Jenkins could face up to nine years in state prison.

• Cory L. Reynolds, 25, Bainbridge, pleaded not guilty to one count of third degree criminal sale of a firearm, a class D felony.

It’s alleged that Reynolds, in February of 2012, in the Town of Bainbridge, did criminally sell a firearm – a Phoenix Arms Model HP22 .22 pistol – that he did not have a permit for.

Second Assistant District Attorney Michael Ferrarese said he’s dealt with Reynolds “for many years” within the Bainbridge court system. He added Reynolds has a “terrible, terrible drug addiction” and continues to commit crimes.

Reynolds was remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $20,000 bail and will appear in court at a later date.

• Kyle O. Baxter, 16, Afton, pleaded not guilty to charges of second degree assault, a class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor. It’s alleged that Baxter, in February of 2012 and in concert with another, did cause physical injury to another individual by means of a deadly weapon or instrument.

Baxter was released on his own recognizance with special conditions, that he abide by the rules of his parents’ household and remain in compliance with his school.

• Joseph A. Baxter Jr., 21, Afton, pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree criminal sexual act, a class B felony, second degree assault, a class D felony, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.

The criminal sexual act charge, as well as one count of endangering, stem from an alleged incident that occurred in the summer of 2011 in the Town of Coventry. Baxter is accused of engaging in a criminal sexual act with a youth under the age of 13. The assault and second endangering charges stem from an alleged incident that took place in February of 2012 in the Town of Afton. It’s alleged that Baxter, in concert with another individual and with intent to cause physical injury, did do so by means of a deadly weapon or instrument.

Baxter was remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $20,000 cash bail and will appear in court at a later date.

• John J. Vaughn, 54, McDonough, pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated, both class E felonies.


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