NORWICH — Individuals facing various charges including drug possession, reckless endangerment, and grand larceny appeared in Chenango County Court Friday.
• Connie D. Hendrickson, Greene, came before the court with her lawyer Peter Orville to change her plea to guilty.
It was alleged that Hendrickson fired six shots from an SKS rifle at two individuals. While authorities said none of the bullets hit anyone, three hit a vehicle. She was initially charged with attempted murder, attempted assault in the first degree, reckless endangerment in the first degree, and reckless endangerment in the second degree.
As a result of an agreed upon disposition between Hendrickson’s attorney and Chenango County Assistant District Attorney Michael Ferrarese, if Hendrickson entered a guilty plea to the count of the class D felony of reckless endangerment in the first degree, she would receive an indeterminate sentence of one to three years in state prison.
In order for the plea to be valid, the first count of the indictment had to be dismissed by the court, which it was.
Hendrickson admitted that on or about Aug. 1, 2013 at approximately 2 p.m. in the Town of McDonough she did recklessly fire a rifle which created a grave risk to the victim.
Ferrarese said the victim was reluctant to testify. “It is in the best interest of the community as a whole for this disposition today,” Ferrarese said. The ADA added the victim believes she is a relative of Hendrickson, but Hendrickson denied relation.
“The victim’s reluctance resulted in this lesser plea,” Revoir said.
Sentencing in the matter was adjourned until Dec. 8, 2014.
The court exonerated $15,000 of Hendrickson’s $20,000 bail that was posted.
“You now stand convicted of a felony,” Revoir said. “This means you are not to have any law violations and no arrests. If that happens, all deals are off. You’ve been out all this time, just continue the same behavior, and all will be fine. Be appreciative of your attorney, that was a very favorable disposition.”
• Jabon J. Walker, Harlem, entered a guilty plea to the first count of his indictment, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony. Walker appeared with his attorney Steven Natoli.
Walker admitted to having possessed knowingly and unlawfully 44 bags of heroin.
As a predicate felon, Walker will serve a determinate sentence of 3 1/2 with three years of post-release supervision.
McBride asked the court that the money in Walker’s possession at the time, $759 be forfeited.
During the course of the proceedings Walker was facing in Chenango County, McBride said, “Feds took him from the local jail for a significant period of time. The federal charges have been resolved and he as been sentenced federally.”