NORWICH – Chenango County Court saw four scheduled court cases all related to felony charges last Thursday. Three of the cases were for a possible change of plea and sentencing purposes, with the fourth appearing on a warrant case.
Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. was present for all matters on the docket, while District Attorney Joseph A. McBride spoke on behalf of the people of Chenango County.
• Darren C. Whitmoyer, 21, appeared in court with the possibility of changing his plea from not-guilty to guilty.
Whitmoyer was represented by his attorney, Scott Clippinger.
Whitmoyer affirmed intentions of changing his plea to guilty to the top charge of criminal possession of marijuana of more than 8 ounces in the third degree, a class E felony.
Revoir read off the indictment: “On February 27, 2015 in Sherburne, in concert with others, [Whitmoyer] possessed one or more mixtures of marijuana and possessed marijuana more than eight ounces.”
After Whitmoyer pleaded guilty, McBride spoke briefly.
“Although it may be legal in other states, it is still very illegal in our state. You’re getting probation because of your youthful age and lack of criminal record. So I wish you good luck sir. I hope you follow all the guidelines and we don’t see you back here,” said McBride.
Revoir agreed with McBride, adding, “The trend seems to be legalizing marijuana in other states and maybe it will happen in New York. But for right now, it is still illegal. Barring any setbacks, you should be able to master the probation and learn from the skills they teach you.”
Whitmoyer was sentenced to five years probation, with an additional $50 DNA fee, and $325 in other criminal victim fees and surcharges
• Tarik D. Paterson, 33, appeared with his attorney, Rebecca Wittman, on the grounds that he was ready to change his previous plea of not guilty to guilty.