Man rejects plea offer despite time served

NORWICH – Two felony cases were heard Monday afternoon, Dec. 14, in Chenango County Court.

Chenango County Court Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. presided over each case, while Assistant District Attorney Laura Parker was present on behalf of the people.

Public Defender John Cameron represented both defendants in their cases.

• Kenneth P. Ellsworth, 25, of the Town of Colonie was present in court for a possible outline of his plea and sentencing, to determine if he would accept the plea offer made by the District Attorney's Office.



Ellsworth was previously arrested following a traffic stop for traffic violations while on Rexford Street in Norwich. Members of the Norwich Police Department along with the NPD's K9 Nitro made the arrest on March 8, 2015.

Throughout the traffic stop and the ensuing investigation, police said officers recovered more than one and a half pounds of “high grade marijuana” and several thousand dollars in cash.

Ellsworth, the passenger of the vehicle, was charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree, a class D felony; and obstruction of governmental administration in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Another individual was present in the vehicle as the driver, Devan M. Cooke, 20, of Ft. Covington.

Cooke was charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree, a class D felony; obstruction of governmental administration in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor; criminal impersonation in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor; aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.


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