NORWICH – Three cases were heard Friday, Nov. 20, in Chenango County Court.
County Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. presided over each case while First Assistant District Attorney Michael D. Ferrarese was present on behalf of the people.
• Robert J. Collins was in Chenango County Court with his attorney, Public Defender John Cameron, to possibly change his plea and enter a guilty plea.
Collins had previously been arrested by members of the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office after authorities allegedly found him manufacturing meth along the banks of the Chenango River in Sherburne.
This agreed upon disposition would be in full satisfaction of all charges. Collins would receive two years in the New York State Department of Corrections with two years post release supervision, as well as taking part in the SHOCK program.
Revoir then read the indictment.
“The first count of the indictment charges you with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, a class C felony,” said Revoir. “It alleges that on Aug. 18, 2015 in a wooded area in Sherburne, that you did knowingly and unlawfully possess a bottle filled with various methamphetamine products to unlawfully manufacture methamphetamine.”
Collins did enter a plea of guilty to this charge.
Cameron then asked if the court could move to sentencing on this matter.
Revoir noted that the court was ready to move to sentencing, saying, “The District Attorney's Office alleges that you were convicted in Chenango County of burglary in the third degree on June 20, 2005. Is this true?”
“Yes sir,” answered Collins.
Collins was sentenced to two years in the New York State Department of Corrections with two years post release supervision. He was also ordered into the SHOCK program.
There was also a $50 DNA fee, but all other fees and surcharges were waived.
“A 35-year-old male convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine. The defendant has been a drug addict for some time now. He expresses sincere interest in getting clean. I believe he even can be quoted on saying, ‘I am happy I was caught’ because he now had a genuine chance of getting help,” said Ferrarese.
“You are a predicate felon now. If you come back again, you’ll be labelled a persistent felon. So whatever deterrent effect that has, I wish you all of the luck,” said Revoir.
A written waiver of appeal was signed...