NORWICH – Two individuals who scheduled to be sentenced appeared Friday in Chenango County Court, one man permitted to withdraw his plea of guilty to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated and enter a plea of guilty to misdemeanor DWI after spending a year on interim probation. A second individual’s sentencing was adjourned after confusion arose regarding her required enrollment in the Binghamton Drug Treatment Court.
Last year, Charles J. Hughes, 48, of Norwich, pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated, a class E felony. His sentencing was adjourned at the time and he was placed on interim probation with the understanding that should he be able to successfully complete supervision during the intervening year, his felony plea would be vacated and he would be permitted to plea to a lesser offense.
He was subsequently sentenced Friday to two years of probation. He will also have to adhere to the ignition interlock device program for six months during which time he will not be permitted to operate any motor vehicle which does not have an interlock installed.
“I have known Mr. Hughes for at least 15 years,” said Chenango County first district attorney Stephen M. Dunshee. “He is a hard working individual, his problem is alcohol.”