WATERLOO, NY — On October 25, 2017, the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, denied the appeal of Stephanie A. Meacham, 33, formerly of Seneca Falls.
Meacham was represented on the appeal by well-known Syracuse lawyer and appellate expert John Cirando. The People were represented by Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch, who has never lost a conviction at the New York Court of Appeals.
In December 2009, Stephanie Meacham, along with co-defendants Marvin Snyder and William Meacham, was convicted after a jury trial of gang assault in the first degree after attacking an individual in September 2008 at the Hunter’s Run apartment complex on Peterman Road in Seneca Falls. The victim was brutally attacked after he posted William Meacham’s registered sex offender photograph at the apartment complex. The victim sustained brain damage and was unable to testify at the 2009 jury trial.
Seneca County Court Judge Dennis Bender sentenced Meacham to state prison for 13 years, but the sentence was later modified downward to 10 years. In May 2010, Stephanie Meacham pleaded guilty to attempted assault in the second degree for her attempted attack on a second person at the apartment complex, and received a concurrent sentence of 2 to 4 years.
Meacham has now exhausted her direct appeal opportunities. She is currently serving her sentence at Albion Correctional Facility and will be eligible for parole in 2018.
The convictions of co-defendants Marvin Snyder and William Meacham were previously affirmed on appeal. Snyder and William Meacham will be eligible for parole in 2020 and 2021.