Man admits lying to police in probe of girl’s rape, murder

By David Hammond

Town of Norwich resident James Brower pleaded guilty Friday to the first-degree felony charge of hindering prosecution in the July 30, 2017, death of 11-year-old Morris resident Jacelyn O’Connor, according to Chenango County court officials. “I appreciate the patience of the court and the professionalism of the district attorney’s office,” Clifton Carden, Brower’s defense attorney, told The Daily Star on Monday. “We support Mr. Brower’s decision, even though the timing went against our recommendations.” The case wasn’t scheduled to go to trial until June, according to court officials. Read Full Article

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David is a former military prosecutor and defense lawyer with over a decade of experience fighting for service members and their families. He served nine years and two combat tours as an active duty US Army officer, then joined the Reserves and settled down in Syracuse to be near family. Now representing people across Central New York charged with serious felonies, misdemeanors, DWIs, and traffic offenses, he puts the same level of commitment into his civilian law practice. If you have any questions regarding this article, you can contact David here.