Four plead guilty in county court

NORWICH – Four people charged with various misdemeanor and felony crimes pleaded guilty in county court Monday, while a fifth case involving an alleged assault on a City of Norwich police officer and driving while intoxicated charge may be one step closer to trial.

Brandon M. Peckham, 19, formerly of Greene, re-appeared in court Monday, and was released on his own recognizance after testing negative for any illegal substances.

In March, Peckham pleaded not guilty to charges of second degree assault, a class D felony, third degree criminal mischief, a class E felony, driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, both class A misdemeanors. It’s alleged that Peckham, in late November, damaged a city police cruiser, kicking out a window and causing approximately $1,200 in damage.

Chenango County Assistant District Attorney Stephen Dunshee asked that Peckham – who was recently arrested on a charge of sexual misconduct in Tompkins County – be remanded to the county correctional facility. According to Peckham’s attorney, public defender John Cameron, his client is innocent of that charge, and has been “fully compliant” with the court’s orders to date.

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