NORWICH While the national debate on gun control and semi-automatic, assault rifle-like weapons grinds on following the Aurora, Colo., Sandy Hook Elementary School and Webster shootings, a Norwich man accused of possessing a potentially deadly arsenal as well as more than 40 marijuana plants is expected to make his first appearance in Chenango County Court this morning.
Henry W. Hemsley, 73, was indicted by a Chenango County grand jury in December 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. Hemsley could face up to nine and a half years in state prison if convicted on all felony charges. He was first arraigned in the Town of Norwich Court prior to his indictment and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $2,500 cash bail. He has since been released after posting bail.