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Batavia Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Death of Genesee County Sheriff at Batavia Downs

On May 21st, 2024, our client Lyndsey Wilcox entered a Not Guilty plea in response to the March 10th death of Genesee County Sherriff's Sgt. Thomas Sanfratello at Batavia Downs. The case has drawn plenty of attention, with the families of both Sgt. Sanratello and Wilcox in attendance, as well as a slew of officers. 

The March 10th incident has resulted in serious felony charges being levied against Wilcox, and Daniel DuBois argued for her release under the supervision of Genesee Justice, citing her prior clean record and family presence, showing she doesn't pose a flight risk. 

Wilcox's charges are 2nd-degree felony assault and burglary, as well as 2nd-degree misdemeanor obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest. District Attorney Kevin Finnell argued the severity of the top charge in particular, and the potential for prison time if convicted. DuBois, on the other hand, pointed to the disparity between Wilcox's charges and those of her co-defendant, Michael A. Elmore. Elmore has been indicted on several more felonies, including 1st-degree aggravated manslaughter. 

Wyoming County Court Judge Donald O'Green, presiding over the case, set deadlines for filing motions and bail amounts. He set defense motions to be due by July 12th, the response by the prosecution by July 26th, and arguments for motions on July 31st. He set bail at $20,000 cash, $50,000 security bond, or $100,000 partial insurance bond. Meanwhile, O'Green issued orders of protection that bars both of the defendants from contacting the protected parties until May 20th, 2025. 

When facing serious charges such as assault and battery, you need to understand the importance of having a trusted and experienced defense attorney on your side. The outcome of your case likely depends on it, and the more serious the crime the more important that need is. When you make a decision based purely on cost and without consulting reviews, a judge or jury may reach a verdict that a seasoned defense attorney could have helped avoid. For example, bail for Wilcox was originally set at $50,000 cash bail, $100,000 security bond, or $200,000 partially secured bond.

Past results do not guarantee future results, and each case should be evaluated based on its own facts. If you have any questions about or require consultation for a criminal case against you or someone you know, please reach out to Daniel DuBois via our contact form or by phone. We'll do what we can, and remember: We understand, and we never judge

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