NORWICH – In a packed family courtroom this morning, three youths ages 13 to 14 accused of causing an estimated $200,000 in damages to a Norwich synagogue were sent to detention centers following an appearance before Chenango County Court Judge W. Howard Sullivan.
The children, accused of vandalizing the Norwich Jewish Center, located at 70-76 South Broad St., were each represented by counsel in today’s proceedings.
One of three attorneys, Irad Ingraham, first addressed the court saying he had a definite conflict of interest in the case and wished to have his defendant reassigned. Sullivan granted the request, but ordered the attorney remain the defendant’s counsel for the morning’s proceedings.
Following statements by the defense, reiterating that each of the defendants deny all allegations, Prosecutor Frank B. Revoir laid out in detail the allegations against the boys.
Revoir asked that each of the boys be placed in detention homes while they await further court appearances, citing he felt they were a danger to the community.
Revoir said the defendants’ alleged crimes went far beyond any type of burglary and “served no legitimate purpose ... this is outrageous.”
It is estimated, according to the prosecutor, the damage caused by the three young men is over $200,000. Revoir told the court it was reported that the same three boys had been asked to leave the Eaton Center property just before they allegedly broke into the Jewish Center...