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Cayuga County felony convictions upheld by court: Appellate division says assault, drug convictions stand

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The Appellate Division, Fourth Department in Rochester has affirmed the convictions of two Cayuga County individuals, reinforcing the outcomes of their respective cases. James J. Geer III, convicted of second-degree attempted assault for a 2020 incident outside an Auburn bar, had his 1.5 to 3 years prison sentence upheld. Geer’s appeal, which argued for dismissal on speedy trial grounds and questioned the timing of grand jury witness testimony disclosure, was denied. The court ruled that the county had acted with due diligence, despite initial delays in transcript availability due to limited transcription services.


Similarly, Tony Henderson’s conviction for criminal possession of drugs, leading to a three-year prison sentence, was confirmed. Henderson’s 2019 arrest followed a traffic stop where a state trooper found cocaine and a scale in his vehicle. Challenging the legality of the stop and the subsequent seizure of evidence, Henderson’s appeal was dismissed by the court. It reasoned that the stop, made in a rural area known for criminal activity, was based on reasonable suspicion of illegal activities, thus lawfully conducted by the experienced trooper.

These rulings underscore the appellate court’s support for the initial judgments and the processes leading to these convictions. District Attorney Brittany Grome Antonacci’s announcement highlights the judiciary’s role in maintaining the integrity of legal proceedings, ensuring that due diligence and reasonable suspicion are valid grounds for law enforcement actions and subsequent legal consequences.