NORWICH – The Chenango County grand jury met Wednesday and handed up a number of criminal indictments. At the proceeding, the Chenango County District Attorney’s Office presents evidence against those they wish to prosecute. It is up to the jury to decide if there is enough reasonable cause to charge a person with a felony offense.
Those indicted by the grand jury are arraigned before the county or Supreme Court judge at a later date.
The grand jury indicted 11 individuals this week:
• Henry W. Hemsley, 73, Norwich, was indicted on charges of second degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class D felony; six counts of third degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony; and seven counts of fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor.
It’s alleged that Hemsley, on or about Sept. 7 in the Town of Norwich, was found to be in possession of 45 marijuana plants with an aggregate weight of more than 16 ounces, a felony, in addition to two fully automatic 7.62 caliber AK47 machine guns; three fully automatic 5.56 caliber Colt M16 machine guns; a .22 caliber Marlin handgun; a .44 caliber Vietnam Commemorative revolver; a semi-automatic .45 caliber Colt Model 1911 handgun; a .41 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver; a semi-automatic 9MM Taurus handgun; a .22 caliber Dan Wesson revolver; and a .22 caliber Ruger Mark II revolver.
The charges stem from a September search of Hemsley’s County Road 32 residence by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office and is not the first time Hemsley has faced similar charges. In August of 2008, Hemsley was charged with third degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class E felony, and unlawful growing of cannabis, a misdemeanor. At that time, sheriff’s detectives discovered approximately 500 marijuana plants, ranging from three to six feet in height, following a tip regarding the plants’ location.
• Kenneth G. McKersie, 29, Norwich, was indicted on charges of second degree burglary, a class C felony; two counts of first degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony; petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor; and third degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, a class A misdemeanor.