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Attorney for Sheppard says they were never notified of court date

Arrest Warrant Lifted As New Court Date Approaches

– By Josh Durso

Rochester-based Attorney James Doyle, who is representing former Seneca County Manager John Sheppard told the Finger Lakes Times that neither he, nor his client were notified about a November 6th court appearance to answer the charge of official misconduct.

Sheppard made headlines last week after missing the original court date.

Doyle said that they would have appeared – if they had been notified about the appearance date.

The Times reports that the arrest warrant issued when Sheppard failed to appear had been withdrawn. A new date has been set for November 20th at 5 p.m.

Doyle said that Sheppard would plead not guilty and request to remain free on his own recognizance. He had been indicted in mid-October on one count of official misconduct, related to his alleged actions regarding disciplinary action he took against county Emergency Management Director Melissa Taylor.

Meanwhile, former Finance Director Brandi Deeds, who was arraigned at an earlier date faces seven counts of falsifying business records, defrauding the government, fourth-degree grand larceny, all felonies, and a misdemeanor count of official misconduct.