Eleven Felony convictions in Columbia County Court

From Columbia County District Attorney’s Office:

January 23, 2017

Eleven Defendants Convicted in County Court

District Attorney Paul Czajka has announced that eleven defendants were convicted by plea of felony charges in Columbia County Court on January 20, 2016.

Kevin Shook was convicted of Burglary in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony, before Hon. Jonathan D. Nichols. New York State Police Inv. Jason Manchuck had charged Shook with entering a building (not a dwelling) and stealing a safe containing cash in excess of $1,000.00 on October 31, 2015 in the Town of Livingston. Hon. Jonathan D. Nichols will sentence Shook on February 17, 2017. Conflict Defender, Mark Portin, Esq. represents Shook.

Jarrod Van Alphen was convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a Class E Felony. Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett (Deputy Gerald Rowell) had charged Van Alphen with Driving While Intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of 0.19% on April 4, 2016 in the Town of Hillsdale. Judge Nichols will sentence Van Alphen on March 17, 2017. James Kleinbaum, Esq. represents Van Alphen.

Paul Occhipinti was convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a Class E Felony. New York State Police Trooper Christopher Link had charged Occhipinti with Driving While Intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of 0.22% on April 30, 2016 in the Town of Ghent. Judge Nichols will sentence Occhipinti on January 27, 2017. James Kleinbaum, Esq. represents Occhipinti.

Eric Boughton was convicted of Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree, a Class E Felony. Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett (Inv. Patrick Logue) had charged Boughton with breaking into a building and stealing cash in excess of $1,000.00 on December 12, 2016 in the Village of Chatham. Judge Nichols will sentence Boughton on March 17, 2017. The Public Defender represents Boughton.

William Baldwin was convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a Class E Felony. New York State Police Trooper Aaron Schrader had charged Baldwin with Driving While Intoxicated on June 8 2016 in the Town of Stockport. Judge Nichols will sentence Baldwin on March 17, 2017. Shane Zoni, Esq. represents Baldwin.

Charles Corey, Jonathan Garcia and Roberto Guerrero were all convicted of Robbery in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony. New York State Police Inv. Andrew Behrens had charged the three individuals with stealing cash from a convenience store and displaying what appeared to be a firearm on August 9, 2016 in the Town of Claverack. Judge Nichols will sentence Corey, Garcia and Guerrero on April 7, 2017. The Public Defender represents Corey, Conflict Defender, John Leonardson, Esq. represents Garcia and Conflict Defender Dennis McEvoy, Esq. represents Guerrero.

Jonathan Garcia was also convicted of Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony. Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett (Inv. Patrick Logue) had charged Mr. Garcia with breaking into a house and stealing property on June 2, 2016 in the Town of Greenport. Judge Nichols will sentence Garcia on April 7, 2017. Conflict Defender John Leonardson, Esq. represents Garcia

Joseph Banfield and Dennis Mazal were convicted of one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Bonnie Kilmer was convicted of two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony. Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett (Inv. Paul Graziano and Inv. William Foster) had charged the three individuals with selling heroin in February and March 2015 in the Town of Kinderhook.

Judge Nichols will sentence Banfield, Mazal and Kilmer on April 7, 2017. Max Zacker, Esq. represents Banfield, the Public Defender represents Kilmer and Conflict Defender Dennis McEvoy, Esq. represents Mazal.

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