FOR: IMMEDIATE RELEASE-July 25, 2017
RE: County Court cases
The Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office announced this morning that the following cases were on the County Court calendar before Hon. Thomas G. Leone this morning.
Joseph Crawford, age 72, of 65 Fitch Avenue, Auburn, NY, was sentenced today for his convictions for Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 1st Degree and Misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated. He was sentenced to Probation Supervision for 5 years (on Felony, concurrent 3 years on Misdemeanor), a fine of $1,000 on the felony, $600 on the misdemeanor, surcharges of $520, DNA fee of $50 (total $2,170), license revocation for at least 6 months (subject to DMV rules) and his probation terms (cannot apply for a license while on Probation), Ignition Interlock Order for duration of Probation, and Drinking Driver Program. Defendant’s license remains revoked for a prior DWI conviction (in March 2006). He had additional DWI’s in 1999, 1995, and 1988, which means under new DMV Rules, he faces a lifetime license revocation now. Judge Leone warned defendant that if he drinks, or drives, or commits any violation he is facing prison time.
Eric Rode, age 44, of 901 Great Brook Apts., Victor, NY, 14564, was arraigned upon a 6 Count Indictment charging him with 2 counts of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger Age 15 years Old or Younger as a felony, Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree, Aggravated DWI as a misdemeanor (BAC .25%), Driving While Intoxicated as a Misdemeanor, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child arising from an incident that happened at the Town Park in the Town of Throop on June 24, 2017 at about 2:10 p.m. when defendant was caught driving while highly intoxicated in the parking lot and intending to drive home to Victor with the child in the vehicle. Sheriff’s Deputies had been called to the scene to investigate a report of a drunk driver with a child in the car. The defendant has a prior DWAI conviction in December of 2014. His license remains revoked for a chemical test refusal in that case. His conditional license was rendered invalid by virtue of the defendant being intoxicated as he drove on June 24th.
The defendant also has a conviction from Detroit, Michigan for Murder in the Second Degree and Felony Firearm Weapons Possession on from December 15, 1989, for which he a sentence of 15 years to Life before being released in 2005. According to news reports from Detroit, he was convicted after trial of shooting and killing a 17 year old passenger Charles Schramek in a car that pulled up next to the car that Eric Rode was riding in. The driver of the car Rode was in emptied his 0.38 cal. Police Special trying to kill the driver of the other car and then Rode reloaded the gun and shot Schramek in the head. The boy died from the massive brain injury. The boys in the car did not know Rode or the driver of the car Rode was in. Bail in the pending Felony case in Cayuga County Court is set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond and defendant remains in the Cayuga County Jail at this time.
Mary Ellen Williams, age 43, of 201 Janet St., Auburn, NY, waived Grand Jury Indictment and Pled Guilty to Felony Aggravated DWI (BAC 0.21%), Felony DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree, and Failure to Obey a Police Officer. Today, she admitted that on March 18, 2017 she was stopped on State Street at 1:50 a.m. by an Auburn Police Officer who saw a cell phone in her hand. While was talking to her the officer asked her to shut off the car because he thought she was intoxicated. Instead she put the car into drive and fled the stop, leading the police on a chase for several blocks through downtown Auburn before stopping. Assistant District Attorney Diane Adsit indicated the People are seeking a prison sentence of 1-3 years, but Judge Leone promised that if he was given proof of employment and treatment in progress, he would give her 4 months of weekends (in jail) and five years’ Probation supervision. Sentencing was adjourned to September 14 at 3:00 p.m.
Defendant has a prior conviction for DWI in Auburn City Court from May 1, 2015 (less than two years earlier); her license remains revoked for that prior offense. She graduated from Auburn City Drug Treatment Court two months prior, in January 2017. At that time she was released from probation supervision and sentenced to a Conditional Discharge. She is facing a Violation of that sentence in Auburn City Court. Her Attorney remarked that Judge McKeon intends to not sanction her other than to mandate that she keep attending Drug Court in that case. Defendant also has other prior DWI convictions from March 2001 and February 1999. She now faces a lifetime license revocation from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Brad Curtis, age 20, of 20 Jefferson St., Auburn, NY, waived Grand Jury Indictment and Pled Guilty to Felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Passenger Under 15 years of age in the Vehicle, Operating without a Driver’s License, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. In exchange for his plea, he will be sentenced to six months in jail and five years’ Probation supervision with a condition that he participate in and complete Felony Drug and Alcohol Treatment Court. The charges arose from a motor vehicle crash on West Genesee Street Road in the Town of Aurelius on April 25, 2017. At the time he had a 14 year old child in the car, and he was driving without a license. He left the scene of the crash, but was caught by the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Department a short distance away, in a field. Sentencing is set for August 29th at 10:00 am.
Jermaine Felton, age 41, of 511 Mohawk St., Utica, NY, waived grand jury indictment and Pled Guilty to DWI and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree (both felonies) in a case that arose on December 9, 2016 when Police found the defendant passed out behind the wheel of his running car on Franklin Street Road at 11:10 p.m. His Driver’s License was revoked for a prior DWI conviction in August 2008 in Rochester. The defendant is expected to be sentenced to 9 months in Jail and a post-incarceration Conditional Discharge, fines, surcharges, IID Order and other conditions when he is sentenced on October 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.