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Sentencing of former Seneca County Manager John Sheppard delayed until March 1st

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The sentencing of former Seneca County Manager John Sheppard, who was convicted on a Class A misdemeanor charge of official misconduct, has been postponed to March 1st.

Sheppard was originally scheduled to be sentenced on February 7th, but according to Seneca County District Attorney Mark Sinkiewicz, he did not make contact with the county Probation Department in a timely manner to allow the preparation of a pre-sentencing report.


Sheppard was found guilty of acting improperly regarding disciplinary action taken against county Emergency Management Director Melissa Taylor in 2018, following a five-day trial in September. He had pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial.

The former county manager was indicted on the charge in October 2019, leading to his resignation in August of the same year. Stay tuned for updates on John Sheppard’s sentencing hearing on March 1 in Waterloo Town Court.