2017-08-09 / Police

Stamford Man Pleads Not Guilty to Assault

By Lillian Browne

DELHI - A Stamford man pled not guilty to charges that he assaulted two men in January in Delaware County Court on July 31. Brian T. Bennett, 36, of Stamford denied the allegations that stemmed from an incident in the village of Stamford on Jan. 19 at which Bennett was accused of causing physical injury to Patrick Gannon and Christopher Erwin. Bennett was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief and one count of second-degree obstructing governmental administration. It is also alleged that he damaged property belonging to Albert Vamosy.

Bennett has previously been convicted of a felony and is being held at the Delaware Count Jail on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond, awaiting a further court appearance.

In other cases:

Austin I. Rose, 22, Lowman, was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty on May 22 to one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Rose admitted to selling heroin in Andes on April 22, 2015. As part of his sentence, he will serve one year of post-release supervision.

Charles W. Locke, 46, Oneonta, was sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty on June 12 to one charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated and one count of second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He admitted to driving while intoxicated without a valid license on Oct. 15, 2016, in Franklin. In exchange for the guilty plea in June, charges of unlicensed operator and insufficient tail lamps were dismissed. In addition to the probation sentence, Locke was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine and must comply with ignition interlock requirements.

Joseph A. Wilms, 38, of Unadilla, was sentenced to five years probation, ordered to pay a $1,100 fine and mandated to comply with ignition interlock requirements after pleading guilty to one count of driving while intoxicated and unsafe lane change. He admitted to driving while intoxicated on Nov. 25, 2016 in the town of Sidney. In exchange for the negotiated plea and sentence arrangement, one charge of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle was dismissed. Wilms’ driving privileges were also suspended for one year.

Michael T. Kilmer, 34, of Delhi was sentenced to 2 - 4 years in state prison as a second-felony offender after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of third-degree burglary. He was initially charged with second-degree burglary, petit larceny, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and second-degree criminal trespass. He admitted to unlawfully entering a residence located at 16 DelView Terrace in Delhi on March 26, with the intent to steal property. In exchange for the guilty plea, all other charges were dismissed.

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