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2017-06-14 / Police

Reduced Attempted Murder Charge Nets Prison Sentence

By Lillian Browne

DELHI - A Delhi man charged with attempted murder after brutally beating his girlfriend in February at the Buena Vista Inn in Delhi, pled guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree assault on May 22 and was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday, June 12.

Jamal S. Abrams, 38, pled guilty to the assault charge as part of a negotiated plea and sentence arrangement. After his release from prison, Abrams will serve one and one-half years of post-release supervision.

In other cases:

Nicole Sass, 30, of Denver, entered a not guilty plea to one charge of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, on a sealed indictment issued by the Delaware County Grand Jury on June 8. She is accused of selling dihydrocodeine with acetaminophen on Jan. 6 in the town of Middeltown. She is being held in the Delaware County Jail, without bail, pending a further court proceeding.

Gabriel V. Bonacci, 45, Sidney, entered a not guilty plea to one charge of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of possessing and selling 41 morphine tablets and four oxycodone pills, in the town of Sidney on March 27. He is being held at the Delaware County Jail on $250,000 bail, awaiting further court proceedings.

David Walker, 47, Walton, pled not guilty to one charge of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He is accused of selling buprenorphine in the village of Walton on Nov. 2, 2016. He is being held at the Delaware County Jail on $20,000 bail.

Jason R. Lagano, 29, Erin, entered a not guilty plea to one charge of first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He is accused of selling methamphetamine in the town of Deposit on Feb. 1. He is being held at the Delaware County Jail on $15,000 bail, awaiting a court appearance on Aug. 7, with his attorney Andrew Puritz.

Yuniel Brito, 32, West New York, N.J., pled guilty to a reduced charge of attempted firstdegree criminal possession of marijuana. He admitted to attempting to possess marijuana in the town of Franklin on Aug. 25, 2016. In exchange for the negotiated plea, he was sentenced to two and one-half years in prison and one year of postrelease supervision. As part of the plea and sentence arrangement, one charge of growing cannabis without a license, was dismissed.

Charles W. Locke, 46, Oneonta, pled guilty to one charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated and a reduced charge of second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of motor vehicle. He admitted to driving while intoxicated in the town of Franklin on Oct. 15, 2016. In exchange for the negotiated plea and sentence deal, one charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated, accusing him of driving while intoxicated with a child in the car, one charge of failure to keep right, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and insufficient tail lamp, were dismissed. Locke will be sentenced to probation on July 31. He is at liberty on $500 bail, awaiting sentencing.

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