Turner opts out of trial, enters five guilty pleas

NORWICH – A man admitted to beating two adults and now sits in the Chenango County Correctional Facility without bail awaiting sentencing.

Christopher L. Turner was arrested in April of 2014 following a call of a domestic dispute. It was alleged that he unlawfully entered a residence, and while inside injured two adult victims, while four children were also in the home.

Turner was facing a ten count indictment. A Chenango County grand jury indicted Turner on the following charges in May 2014: two counts of first degree assault, a class B felony; burglary in the first degree, a class B felony; burglary in the second degree, a class C felony; assault in the second degree, a class D felony; aggravated criminal contempt, a class D felony; and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.

On Nov. 2, 2015, Turner appeared in Chenango County Court with his attorney F. Paul Battisti for the purpose of possibly changing his pleas from not guilty to guilty.

First Assistant District Attorney Michael Ferrarese appeared on behalf of the people.

Chenango County Court Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. presided over the matter.

“I know we’ve had numerous motions in this matter, numerous court appearances and numerous conferences,” said Revoir. “I’ll try to state and set forth on the record what I perceive is the agreement and then I’ll let counsel for the prosecution and the defense chime in if there’s something I haven’t stated correctly.”

Revoir continued by explaining the proposition: Turner would enter guilty pleas for five out of the ten charges. The court will impose the sentence, and time for all of the five counts will run concurrently – as in at the same time. Revoir said the court would “commit itself that the cap on the sentencing would be a determinate sentence of no greater than seven years to be followed by no greater than five years post-release supervision.”

The minimum sentence to the top count that Turner could receive by the court is five years incarceration followed by two and a half years post-release supervision.

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