NORWICH – Convicted murderer, Ganesh ‘Remy’ Ramsaran, now 40, was present in Chenango County Court Wednesday to appear for the bribery charge he was facing.
Ramsaran was present in court with his attorney, who identified himself as Hass and was standing in for his attorney C. Coleman, for an outline of the plea offer made by the District Attorney's Office as well as a possible plea to the charge.
Judge James E. Downey presided over the matter, while District Attorney Joseph A. McBride represented the people.
Last year, Ramsaran was found guilty of murdering his wife Jennifer Ramsaran in 2012.
It was alleged that while being held in the Chenango County Correctional Facility, Ramsaran offered Mark Chesebro, a Chenango County Corrections Officer, $100,000 to help him escape from the jail.
“The Corrections Officer immediately notified his supervisor of the attempt,” read a release from the Sheriff’s Office from last year.
After a brief conference in the Judge’s chambers, Hass outlined the offer as he understood saying, “my client wishes to plea guilty today and as a result will be sentenced to 5-15 years in New York State prison to run concurrent with his current sentence of 25 years to life.”
McBride then added that due to Ramsaran taking responsibility and entering a plea of guilty that he would in fact receive a sentence of 5-15 years to run concurrent rather than to run consecutively.
Downey then read the one count indictment saying, “bribery in the second degree, a class C felony. That on Nov. 4, 2014 while at the Chenango County Correctional Facility, you did in fact offer Mark Chesebro, a Chenango County Corrections Officer, $100,000 to aide in the escape from the correctional facility.”
After Downey read Ramsaran all his rights and fully explained the situation, in order to make sure he completely understood what he was pleading guilty to, Ramsaran added, “I appreciate all the information you have given me but I completely understand all the information.”
Downey inquired, “and you are pleading guilty because you in fact are guilty of this crime?”
After a delayed pause Ramsaran answered in the affirmative.
“So you admit to offering Mark Chesebro in excess of $10,000 if he would help you escape?” said Downey.
“Yes your honor,” said Ramsaran.
A plea of guilty was entered to the court at this time, the plea was accepted by the all members of the court.
No further statements were made by either side in open court.
Ramsaran was transferred to the CCCF to attend this court case, but was previously being held in the Auburn Correctional Facility.
The matter was adjourned for sentencing until Feb. 3, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
“The defendant accepted responsibility for what he has done and this will help keep him off the streets and our community for five to fifteen years. He has been punished accordingly for what he has done and will be dealt with accordingly while incarcerated for being a high risk of escape now,” said McBride.