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Appeals court adjusts consecutive sentence

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A state appeals court has changed the sentence for a man convicted of attempted murder, robbery and burglary in Erie County because the prison terms imposed should run concurrently, not consecutively. In July 2018, defendant Christopher Boyd pleaded guilty to ...

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Rape conviction vacated

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A state appeals court has dismissed a guilty plea to rape charges because of inaccuracies in the charging documents. Defendant Paul Meeks, 27, pleaded guilty to first-degree rape in Onondaga County Court before Judge Stephen J. Dougherty in April 2018. ...

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New trial granted in murder case

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The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court, Fourth Department, has dismissed robbery charges in an Onondaga County Court case and ordered a new trial on other charges, including murder. Defendant Shakeith Stackhouse was convicted in June 2015 of second-degree murder, ...

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Weapon conviction reversed

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A state appeals court has reversed a weapon conviction because of insufficient evidence. Defendant Earnest Hawkins was convicted in Monroe County Court in September 2014 of two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of first-degree ...

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Suppression hearing ordered

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A state appeals court has sent a homicide case back to the lower court for a suppression hearing. Howard R. White pleaded guilty in January 2015 to first-degree manslaughter. White, who filed the appeal pro se, argued that the initial ...

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New trial granted in rape case

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The Fourth Department has reversed a rape conviction and granted a new trial because of an inadequate jury instruction. The defendant, Ruben Garcia, was convicted in October 2015 of first-degree rape. The alleged crime happened in April 2005, but Garcia ...

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Robbery conviction reversed

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A state appeals court has vacated a robbery conviction because the defendant was not properly informed of his rights when he pleaded guilty. Terrance L. Stanley, 30, pleaded guilty in April 2007 to second-degree robbery before state Supreme Court Justice ...

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