NORWICH – The Chenango County Court convened for an afternoon session on Monday, July 25, where the case of Kenneth G. McKersie was heard. Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride represented the people of Chenango County in the case, while The Honorable Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. presided over matters. McKersie was represented by appointed public defender John Cameron.
According to his December 2012 indictment, McKersie, then 29, of Norwich, originally faced charges of second degree burglary, a class C felony; two counts of first degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony; petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor; and third degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, a class A misdemeanor.
It is alleged that on or about September 12, 2012, in the City of Norwich, McKersie did “knowingly enter and unlawfully remain” at a Beebe Avenue residence and committed the crime of larceny when he stole a Panasonic phone from within. It’s alleged that McKersie, “under circumstances evincing a depraved indifference to human life,” according to his indictment, recklessly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death to another person, driving a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado at a speed of approximately 80 miles per hour and passing through the red light at the intersection of North Broad and Mitchell streets, subsequently passing through the intersection of Mitchell and Silver streets without stopping.
After his initial arraignment, McKersie was remanded to the custody of the Chenango County Correctional Facility, in lieu of $20,000 cash bail. However, after a reading of his indictment and entering a not guilty plea, McKersie was released on his own recognizance, under the condition that he was to remain at his grandmother’s home under a strict 9 p.m. curfew. While there, McKersie fled Chenango County and a warrant was subsuquently issued for his arrest in March of 2013.