Trial begins for accused driver in Sherburne shootout

NORWICH – An accused getaway driver facing life in prison for his alleged role in a deadly drug robbery will make his case before a jury today after rejecting a plea deal offering five years in state prison.

District Attorney Joseph McBride said James Bush turned down a five year prison sentence in a plea offer made Monday.

“If convicted, Bush could be sentenced up to 25 years to life,” said First Assistant District Attorney Stephen Dunshee, who will be trying the case.

Jury selection began at 10 a.m.

Bush, 46, of Burdick Medbury Road in Town of Norwich, is accused of being the driver in a deadly drug robbery at a Sherburne residence that went wrong, leaving Bush’s alleged co-conspirator dead.

Joshua D. Richheimer, 32, of Pittsfield was shot and killed in self-defense by Robert Reynolds, the drug dealer victim of the attack, at his Pleasant Valley Road home in the Town of Sherburne on July 24, 2007.

Police say Reynolds was a known drug dealer and he later pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of marijuana after deputies seized over three pounds from the residence a week after the incident took place.

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