Gang Assault Suspect Arraigned in County Court, D-A Pledges No Deals
One of the four suspects arrested in connection with a serious gang assault that occurred on Main Street in Cortland back at the end of July appeared in Cortland County Court Tuesday.
Last week, a Cortland County Grand Jury indicted 23-year-old Mason Reeves of Binghamton, 22-year-old Marcus Delige, and 24-year-old Kaywon Pittman; both of Cortland on felony counts of gang assault, assault, and conspiracy.
The three men along with 25-year-old Antoine Brown are accused of beating 25-year-old Robert Miller of Cortland in front of 64 Main Street back on July 28th, the beating left Miller in critical condition in a Syracuse hospital.
Pittman appeared in County Court Tuesday with his appointed attorney Francis Williams. Williams entered not guilty pleas on Pittman’s behalf.
County District Attorney Mark Suben says he will not be offering any plea deals in these cases, he is taking a hard line in this matter to send a strong message.
Since last weeks indictment, Cortland City Police have arrested three other men in connection with gang assault that occurred on Groton Avenue last Friday night.
19-year-old Wayne Harris III, 19-year-old Richard Renck, and 18-year-old Malik Abdur-Rasheed have all been charged with a felony count of gang assault and a felony count of assault. The three men who were students at Tompkins Cortland Community College live at the TC3 dorms in Dryden; the College has suspended all three men. The three are accused of beating a Suny Cortland student who attempted to discourage the men from following a group of women down Groton Avenue. The 18-year-old victim sustained a broken jaw, broken hand, and facial fractures as a result of the attack.
The three men were arraigned in Cortland City court and held on $10 thousand dollars cash or $25 thousand dollars bond.