Monroe County District Attorney weekly update
New York state Supreme Court Justice Alex Renzi sentenced Raymond Dukes, 50, to 20 years to life in prison. Dukes was convicted of second-degree murder and other charges for the murder of Tim Lewis. Co-defendant William Crenshaw, 50, was sentenced by Renzi to 15 years to life. He was convicted of first-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault. Dukes and Crenshaw also assaulted and kidnapped a woman. The case was prosecuted by ADA Rachel Clark and Senior ADA Kelly Pettrone.
James Jacobs pleaded guilty to second-degree aggravated vehicular homicide and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for causing the death of Stephen Kneeland. Jacobs, a North Carolina resident, was heading east on West Ridge Road in Parma when he crossed into the oncoming lane and struck Kneeland head-on, killing him. Police found a loaded gun under the passenger seat of Jacobs’ vehicle. The case was prosecuted by ADA Kelly Pettrone.
Nathan Stevenson was sentenced by state Supreme Court Justice Charles Schiano to 18 years to life after he was convicted of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The case was prosecuted by Special ADA Jennifer Kennedy.
A Monroe County Jury convicted Tahnisha Joyner-Pounds of three counts of aggravated DWI with a child passenger and one count of driving while intoxicated. On Feb. 21, police responded to a report of a reckless driver. The vehicle was located on Long Pond Road being driven by the Joyner-Pounds. There were three children in the car ages 9 months, 8 years, and 12 years old. This case was prosecuted by ADA Anthony Diperna.
A Monroe County Court jury convicted Shayne Lott of criminal possession of a firearm. The case was prosecuted by ADA John Marsella. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 11.
State Supreme Court Justice Vincent Dinolfo sentenced Jonathan Spinks, 30, to 90 years to life in state prison after he was convicted of second-degree murder and other charges in connection with the death of Lysaun Curry and attempted murder of another victim. In October 2020 Spinks shot Curry 12 times. Also in October 2020, Spinks shot a woman in her home. The case was prosecuted by ADA Robin Catalano, and special ADA Michael Caranante.
Felonies and guns
In 2022, the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office conducted 166 felony trials.
Second-degree criminal possession of a weapon arrests, as of Dec. 22, have been steadily increasing annually. In 2018 there were 301. In 2020 there were 498. As of Dec. 22, there were 635 in 2022.
Through Dec. 22, 2022, there were 79 homicides in Monroe County, with 76 of those happening in Rochester.
In cases lastyear when an arrest was made, 20% of homicide victims were allegedly killed by an offender on parole.
Monroe County Heroin Overdose Task Force update
In November, there were 59 reported overdoses and nine fatalities. Through Dec. 22, 2022 there were 559 overdoses and 119 fatalities.
All information provided by Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.