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Multiple felony convictions upheld in Cayuga County

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The Appellate Division in Rochester has affirmed the convictions in several notable felony cases from Cayuga County.


Among these, the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office reported the upholding of convictions against Brian Lawrence and Paul Bovee for separate incidents.

Lawrence was convicted for a 2021 rape and criminal trespass, involving entering a woman’s home and assaulting her. He received a sentence of 15 years in prison, followed by 10 years of post-release supervision.

In a different case, Bovee was found guilty of menacing Auburn police officers with a knife in August 2020 and was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison, with an additional five years of post-release supervision.

Two other convictions were also maintained upon appeal.

Gary Brown’s 2019 case, where he pled guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation, was upheld. Brown was stopped by a State Trooper in Sennett with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 and had two children in his vehicle. He was subsequently sentenced to 16 months to 4 years in prison in November 2021.

Additionally, Emmanuel Walls’ conviction for criminal contempt and driving while intoxicated was affirmed. Walls, who crashed his car while intoxicated in December 2019 with a protected person in the vehicle, had been sentenced in March 2022 to a prison term of 1.5 to 3 years.

These recent affirmations by the appellate court underscore the ongoing efforts of the Cayuga County legal system to uphold justice in felony cases.