NORWICH – Chenango County Court came to order on Wednesday Feb. 3, for the matter of sentencing already convicted murderer, Ganesh R. Ramsaran, for his charge of bribery while incarcerated in The Chenango County Correctional Facility.
Ramsaran was previously found guilty before a jury of his peers in 2014 of murdering his wife Jennifer Ramsaran in 2012.
Judge James E. Downey presided over the sentencing matter, while District Attorney Joseph A. McBride was present on behalf of the people of Chenango County.
Ramsaran was escorted into Chenango County Court from Auburn State Prison, where he appeared with his attorney Kurt Haas.
“Today Ramsaran was sentenced in court for bribing a corrections officer and offering him $100,000 dollars to help him escape from his murder conviction in Oct. 2014,” said McBride in an interview following the completion of court.
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 indictment on this bribery charge read, “bribery in the second degree, a class C felony. That on Nov. 4, 2014 while at the Chenango County Correctional Facility, the defendant did in fact offer Mark Chesebro, a Chenango County Corrections Officer, $100,000 to aide in the escape from the correctional facility.”
At the beginning of court Downey did advise Ramsaran that he did still have the right to a jury trial on the matter and inquired if his final intentions were to enter a plea of guilty and be sentenced.
“I do your honor,” answered Ramsaran.
Downey said that a pre-sentence report had been filed and questioned both the prosecution and defense if they had reviewed this, as well as if either had any possible additions.
Both sides acknowledged receipt of the report and had no further additions.