An appeal from a Rochester man’s appeal in connection with a drug-related shooting in Bath four years ago has been rejected by a state Appellate Court.
28-year-old Steven Alexander had pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of a weapon and as a result, six other counts were dropped including attempted murder. The shooting took place around midnight June 30th, 2014 at an apartment house near the Bath VA Medical Center. Police said it resulted from a dispute over crack cocaine dealing in the Bath area. Prosecutors admitted that errors were made with instructions given to a grand jury. Alexander seized on that and wanted the indictment dismissed. In its three-page decision, the Appellate Court ruled that it concluded that dismissal is not required because the error did not impair the integrity of the grand jury proceeding with respect to the sole count of the indictment to which Alexander ultimately pleaded guilty.
Alexander is currently serving a ten-year sentence at Clinton Correction. He won’t be eligible for parole until November 2022.
Alexander was convicted in 2008 of attempted possession of a weapon and served three years in state prison.