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Court grants new trial for Seneca Falls man

An appeals court has granted a new trial for a Seneca Falls man convicted of seriously injuring a woman in 2016.

In a July 31 decision, the Fourth Judicial Department of state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division overturned the felony assault conviction of Jose Hernandez. He was sentenced by Seneca County Judge Dennis Bender, who is now retired, to a maximum of seven years in prison.

Hernandez was convicted of other counts in the trial but acquitted of several others.

He was arrested in August 2016 by Seneca Falls police following an alleged domestic violence incident in the town. He was accused of beating a woman and cutting her with a knife.

The woman was treated at Geneva General Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital. During a statement at the sentencing, the woman said some of the injuries would be permanent.

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