Man Rejects DA's Offer, Opts For Trial; Could Face More Than 30 Years If Convicted

By: Michaela Watts

NORWICH – A man facing felony charges opted to reject an offer proposed by the Chenango County District Attorney’s Office and proceed to trial.

The Chenango County Court convened for an afternoon session on Monday, July 10, for the case of Samuel J. Ackermann.

Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. presided over the proceeding.

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First Assistant District Attorney Michael D. Ferrarese represented the people in the matter, while Public Defender John D. Cameron represented the defendant.

Ackermann, of Norwich, stands before the court on a four count grand jury indictment including two separate counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, both class B felonies; criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree, a class D felony and reckless endangerment in the first degree, a class D felony.

The charges stem from an incident dating back to March 8, 2017, in the Village of Oxford following an investigation by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division along with members of the Oxford Village Police Department and Norwich City Police Department. During the investigation, road patrol members said they attempted to stop a gray 2010 Chevrolet Malibu allegedly operated by Samuel J. Ackermann.

Police reported that Ackermann failed to comply and led officers on an approximate eight mile pursuit from the Village of Oxford and ended on Moon Hill Road in the Town of Plymouth.

While on Moon Hill Road, Ackermann allegedly crashed the vehicle into a tree and fled the scene with a 17-year-old female.

Officers conducted a search of the area for approximately 2 and a half hours before calling off the search.

It was at approximately 3 a.m., March 8, 2017 when the Chenango County 911 Center received a call from a resident in the area reporting two people at the residence trying to get assistance from the resident.

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Ackermann and the female, were taken to UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained during the crash.

It was reported that while continuing their investigation, members of law enforcement additionally located more than one ounce of cocaine and approximately one and a half pounds of marijuana at a separate address in the Town of Pharsalia. According to authorities, “more than ten bags” of heroin were recovered, and that “some bags were larger than normal.” It was said that police continued to look for additional bags of heroin.

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