Five appear in court, one represents himself

NORWICH– Last Friday Chenango County Court convened to hear the cases of five individuals.

Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. was the Chenango County Court Judge presiding over each of the cases.

Public Defender John Cameron, represented four of the five individuals, with the other defendant representing himself. The District Attorney, Joseph A. McBride was present on behalf of the people.

• Jesse J. Dann, 21, of Norwich appeared in court from the Chenango County Correctional Facility in

order for a change of plea to take place as well as sentencing.

Cameron began the case by stating his understanding on the matter and that his client was ready to move forward, “I understand Mr. Dann's case is before you for the first count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony. He would be sentenced to five years probation, to serve 6 months in the correctional facility, with treatment court to follow, as well as a written waiver of appeal.”

After asking Dann various questions, Revoir did state that Dann has fulfilled his split portion of the sentence due to time already served and would essentially be released from the correctional facility later that day, if in fact he changed his plea to guilty.

It was noted that Dann has no permanent residence, and is therefore homeless once released.

Revoir then read the first count of Dann's charge, “On Jan. 9, 2015 at a business in the Village of Sherburne, did knowingly possess nine individually wrapped packages of heroin, with the intent to sell. This is the crime of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony.”

Dann then changed his previous plea of not guilty and entered a guilty plea.

“You’ve been in jail for four months, you hold the keys to your future. Get out and stay off drugs, if not you’re going to go to state prison. We're losing people every week, it is not fair and it has got to end,” said McBride.

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