NORWICH – The defendant in a pending murder trial appeared with his attorney in Chenango County Court on Friday and discussed his mental limitations along with the possibility of a plea agreement in the near future.
James S. Brower, 36, of Norwich is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree hindering prosecution, tampering with physical evidence, and making a false written statement.
He allegedly assisted another defendant, Tobias Rundstrom-Wooding, with a fatal attack on 11-year-old Jacelyn O'Connor on July 30, 2017 in the Town of Norwich.
In June, Rundstrom-Wooding pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree rape. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in state prison.
Chenango County Court Judge Frank Revoir Jr., said Brower had discussed taking a plea deal of one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years in prison on Friday, but his defense attorney Clifton Carden said they would need time to consider any plea before pleading guilty.