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Geneva man rejects guilty plea in drug case

The drug trial of a Geneva man starts Monday in Ontario County Court after he rejected an offer to plead guilty and spend five years in prison.

During a brief court appearance Tuesday, Ryan Reeder declined to plead guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Reeder, 37, was arrested in September by Canandaigua police following an investigation by city police and the sheriff’s office. Police said he sold fentanyl and heroin in Canandaigua.

Reeder had another drug sale charge, from Geneva, dismissed last year in county court. District Attorney Jim Ritts said the confidential informant used by police said Reeder was an agent of the buyer, not the primary drug dealer, and gained no benefit in arranging the sale between the informant and the primary drug dealer.

In 2015, Reeder had a criminally negligent homicide charge dismissed in Seneca County Court following the drug-related death of an Ontario County woman. Reeder was accused of injecting her with an unspecified substance in Varick.

Then-Seneca County Judge Dennis Bender ruled that Reeder made inconsistent statements about whether the woman injected herself on two other occasions, or whether he injected her one of those times. The judge, while calling Reeder’s conduct “reprehensible,” said there was not sufficient evidence to support the homicide charge.

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