Four plead not guilty to felony charges in County Court

NORWICH – Four individuals facing a variety of felony and misdemeanor charges pleaded not guilty in County Court on Friday, while another accepted an agreed-upon disposition and was sentenced to five years probation.

• James K. Smith, 29, of Bainbridge, pleaded guilty to one count of second degree attempted burglary – a class D felony – following a conference between the county’s public defender and district attorney’s offices.

In July, Smith was indicted on charges of second degree burglary, a class C felony, as well as fourth degree criminal mischief and petit larceny, class A misdemeanors, after he allegedly entered a residence on Searles Hill Road in the Town of Bainbridge and stole approximately $80 in cash and a digital camera.

Smith apologized for the incident and admitted there was “no excuse” for his actions, an apology Judge W. Howard Sullivan called meaningful to the court. He was sentenced to five years probation and must pay restitution in the amount of approximately $200. If he were to violate the terms of his probation, Smith could face up to seven years in state prison.

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