2017-09-13 / Police

Walton Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Police Escape, Burglary Charges

By Lillian Browne

DELHI - A Walton woman who led police on a multi-hour chase in Delhi after slipping out of handcuffs while at the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, pled not guilty to a variety of burglary, theft and forgery charges in Delaware County Court on Sept. 11.

Justina M. Mastrorocco, 24, is being held on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond after pleading not guilty to six charges of second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and one count third-degree grand larceny. She is accused of possessing six forged checks belonging to Maureen Storrs and cashing checks totaling $3,160 at Sidney Federal Credit Union between June and July. Mastrorocco was charged in a second case with one count of second-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree conspiracy and second-degree escape. In that case she is accused of conspiring with George H. Robinson and Patrick Burnside and unlawfully entering a dwelling at 90 Arbor Hill Road in Delhi with the intent to commit a crime on July 17. She is also accused of stealing a safe containing approximately $5,000 in cash belonging to Jennifer Mastrorocco and Louis J. Pesout. She was brought to the sheriff’s department on July 28 to be processed on the charges, where she was further accused of slipping out of handcuffs and chain restraints and escaping from police custody. She is being held at the Delaware County Jail awaiting further court proceedings.

In other cases:

Dennis A. Fickeria, 36, Margaretville, was sentenced to five years probation on a felony drug sale charge. Fickeria was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance but as part of an agreed upon plea and sentence agreement, pled guilty to a reduced charge of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance on Aug. 22. He admitted to selling cocaine in the town of Middletown on July 8, 2016. As part of the agreed upon sentence, Fickeria was issued a certificate of relief from disabilities and his driving privileges were not suspended, due to what Judge Richard Northrup Jr. said were “compelling circumstances.” In addition to the probation sentence, Fickeria must pay $200 in restitution to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, representing “drug buy” money.

Christopher M. Grubbs, 39, Rockford, Ala., pled not guilty to one charge of second-degree burglary. He is accused of unlawfully entering a dwelling located at 777 Old Route 17 with the intent to commit a crime. He is being held at the Delaware County Jail without bail awaiting further court proceedings.

Robert F. Stratton, 23, DeLancey, pled not guilty to one count of first-degree rape, one count of third-degree rape, one count of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child. Stratton is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a person who was incapable of consent due to physical helplessness on June 3 in the village of Walton. He is additionally accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with another person who was less than 17 years old and providing an alcoholic beverage to a person who was less than 21 years old. Stratton is at liberty on $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond, awaiting a further court appearance.

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