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February 10, 2011

Walton man pleads innocent to forgery

DELHI _ A Walton man pleaded innocent in Delaware County Court on Monday to forging a bail receipt and trying to collect an additional $5,000 from the county treasurer.

Nicholas Ildefonso, 26, was indicted by a grand jury on one count of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and one count of third-degree attempted grand larceny.

Ildefonso appeared in court with his appointed attorney, Aaron Dean of Norwich.

Delaware County Judge Carl Becker said Ildefonso had recently been released from jail on previous charges. He brought his bail receipt to the Delaware County Court Clerk's office Jan. 6 to redeem the bail.

Ildefonso's original bail had been $1,000, but Becker said the document appeared altered by a loop that had been added to the bottom of the one making it appear to be a six. The clerk filled out the paperwork and sent him to the Delaware County Treasurer's Office to redeem the $6,000 bail. When he left the county office building a sheriff's deputy arrested him.

Ildefonso had previously been sentenced Aug. 25 to two 1-year terms in jail to run concurrently on second-degree criminal aggravated harassment, second-degree reckless endangerment and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Delaware County District Attorney Richard Northrup said Ildefonso has had five previous misdemeanor convictions. He added that the current charges carry a possible sentence of up to 7 years in prison.

Becker ordered Ildefonso held on $10,000 bail and scheduled his trial during the July 16 term.

In other court cases:

"¢ Mary A. O'Brian, 45, of Unadilla, was sentenced to five years' probation, four months of weekends in jail and a $5,000 fine on two drunken driving charges. She was given a conditional discharge on a charge of unsafe lane change.

"¢ Jarred Robinson, 28, of Walton, pleaded guilty to a violation of probation charge for purchasing and drinking alcohol. His probation was amended to include 180 days of electronic monitoring. He was sentenced to probation May 30, 2006, on a second-degree attempted assault charge.

"¢ Eugene J. Legree, 30, of Oneonta, was arraigned and pleaded innocent to aggravated drunken driving, drunken driving, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to keep right and unlicensed operator. The charges stem from an incident in Sidney on Sept. 25. He was released on recognizance to reappear Monday.

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