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Defendant’s absence triggers new trial

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A man convicted of assault, menacing and unlawful imprisonment has been granted a new trial because he was not present in the courtroom when a prospective juror disclosed important information. Norman I. Geddis, 49, was convicted in May 2017 of second-degree assault, second-degree menacing and second-degree unlawful imprisonment. Cattaraugus County Court Judge Ronald D. Ploetz sentenced Geddis ...