2017-05-24 / Front Page

Felony Drug Charge Reduced in Walton Court

By Lillian Browne

Adam G. Green, 39, Walton, was transported by prison officials to the Walton Town Court on May 23 to resolve drug charges from early 2016.
Adam G. Green, 39, Walton, was transported by prison officials to the Walton Town Court on May 23 to resolve drug charges from early 2016. WALTON - After nearly a year and a half, an unresolved felony drug charge was reduced to a misdemeanor in Walton Town Court by Judge Paul Laauser on May 23. 

Adam G. Green, 38, was charged with one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in 2016, though he was never prosecuted for the charge.

Instead, Green was prosecuted on an indictment charging him with selling heroin in 2014 and 2015 in the village of Walton. He pled guilty in June 2016 to one of the charges as part of a negotiated plea deal, and was sentenced in July 2016 to four years in state prison. 

The un-indicted charge in Walton was to be disposed of as part of that negotiated plea.

Green was transported to Walton Town Court by the New York State Department of Corrections where his attorney, Andrew Puritz of Oneonta, negotiated the reduction of the felony to a class A misdemeanor. Green pled guilty to a charge of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and in exchange for the plea, was sentenced to time served.

As part of the negotiated plea, $14,424.50 - the amount of money seized in the arrest, was forfeited.

In other cases:

• Thomas H. Biedekapp, 60, Kennett Square, PA, pled guilty to one count of illegal burning of construction and demolition debris, a violation of New York State Environmental Conservation Law. Biedekapp was arrested by Environmental Conservation Officer Nate Doig on May 7, and charged with two counts of unsupervised burn during the state’s burn ban. In exchange for the negotiated plea, Biedekapp was fined $25 and assessed mandatory court fees.

Ben K. Lane, 18, Delhi, appeared for an attorney conference on one charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Lane was arrested on April 21 and faces companion charges in Delhi Town Court. The matter was adjourned to July 26 to allow Lane’s attorney, Greg Peirez, to consult with the attorney assigned to represent him Delhi Town Court. Lane is being held at the Delaware County Jail on the Delhi charges on $5,000 cash bail.

Amy L. Sokel, 49, Delhi, charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the Ben Lane arrest, appeared before Laauser for an attorney conference. The case was adjourned to June 28. Sokel is at liberty on $1,000 cash bail, which was reduced upon consent of Assistant District Attorney Mary Beth Dumont, to $500.

Joseph M. Plesinger, 57, Walton, pled guilty to a reduced charge of failure to obey a traffic control device. Plesinger was arrested on April 7 by New York State Police and charged with speeding, 71 m.p.h. in a 55 m.p.h. zone and failure to notify the motor vehicle department of an address change. Plesinger was fined $107 and must pay associated court fees.

Fawn R. Palladino, 22, Walton, pled guilty to reduced charges of driving while intoxicated, opening a door into traffic and open alcohol container in a motor vehicle and was sentenced to a one year conditional discharge. Palladino was arrested on April 16 by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department and charged with failure to keep right, imprudent speed, driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, failure to stop at a stop sign and other vehicle and traffic violations. In addition to the conditional discharge, she must also pay a $500 fine and her driving privileges were suspended for six months. 

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