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November 3, 2010

Masonville man faces manslaughter charge

DELHI _ Cases involving manslaughter, criminal contempt, driving while intoxicated and drugs were heard in Delaware County Court on Oct. 25.

Joshua T. Stimpson, 26, of Masonville, was charged with second-degree manslaughter Oct. 7 in a sealed indictment stating he "did recklessly cause the death of Sherry D. Bush," according to a copy of the indictment filed by a Delaware County grand jury. He also was charged with reckless driving, a misdemeanor, unlawful possession of marijuana, failure to keep right and improper use of a mobile telephone.

Stimpson appeared in court Monday with his assigned attorney Frederick Neroni of Delhi to continue his arraignment.

Delaware County Judge Carl Becker said an innocent plea had been entered on Stimpson's behalf. Becker scheduled his trial during the April 25 term and continued his bail at $25,000.

According to court documents the seven-count indictment also charges Jamie L. Lathan, 30, of Afton, with reckless driving and improper use of a mobile phone. Lathan was arraigned Oct. 7 and released on $1,000 bail.

At 7:55 a.m. March 24, Stimpson was driving north on state Route 10 in the town of Hamden, trying to pass a tractor-trailer in a no-passing zone, when his vehicle collided with a southbound car driven by Bush, deputies said.

Bush, 60, was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy revealed she died of multiple, blunt traumatic injuries, authorities reported in March.

Stimpson and Lathan were driving erratically in separate automobiles and texting on cell phones before the accident, Undersheriff Douglas Vredenburgh said previously.

In another case, Joshua Poss, 23, of Sidney, was arraigned on charges of aggravated criminal contempt, third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree aggravated harassment.

According to court records, the charges all stem from incidents Sept. 15 in Sidney when Poss contacted Kimberly Obeada in violation of an order of protection.

Poss was sent to jail without bail. His trial is scheduled during the April 25 term.

In other court business:

"¢ Matthew McDerrmott, 21, of Poughkeepsie, was arraigned on a count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

McDerrmott was charged in a sealed indictment Sept. 16. The charge stems from the alleged sale of oxycodone May 6 in Delhi.

McDerrmott is free on $7,500 bail. His trial is scheduled during the April 25 trial term.

"¢ Charles Elliot, 35, of Afton, pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation in a plea agreement in which he was sentenced to five years' probation, fined $2,500, ordered to complete 100 hours of community service, install an ignition interlock device on any cars he owns and complete drug court in Chenango County.

"¢ Brook C. Romano, 30, of Maryland, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted burglary but was incorrectly sentenced, according to Becker.

According to court records, the incident occurred Nov. 28 in the town of Maryland.

Romano was sentenced as a second-felony offender to three years in state prison, with three years of post-release supervision. Becker said the sentence should have been five years of post-release supervision, so he adjusted the sentence.

Patricia Breakey can be reached at 865-5175 or at

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