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Prison for father who injured son in shaking

A 27-year-old father who admitted to shaking his infant son and causing brain damage will spend the next two years in state prison.

Brian Cole, of 9877 Welsh District Road, Remsen, was sentenced by Judge Barry M. Donalty Feb. 2 to two years in prison, followed by three years of post-release supervision, and was ordered to pay $375 in court fees on a charge of reckless assault against a child.

According to court documents, Cole shook his 3-month-old son at his residence, causing serious brain damage on Oct. 30. During sentencing, Cole said he was alone baby-sitting the child and an older sibling. Cole told Judge Donalty that he never meant to hurt the boy, only that they were playing.

Also in County Court:

• Joseph S. Barney, 29, of 512 W. Dominick St., was sentenced by Judge Donalty Jan. 28 to two to four years in prison, ordered to pay $8,100 in restitution and $320 in court fees on a charge of third-degree grand larceny. Police said on Feb. 12, Barney stole $8,100 cash from a lock box on Park Drive Manor II. In a statement to police, Barney admitted to taking the money from his brother’s girlfriend. He told police he spent most of it on gas, food and cigarettes.

• Paul Kessler, 38, of 521 Miller St., Oriskany, pleaded not guilty before Judge Donalty Jan. 30 to third-degree grand larceny and four counts of first-degree falsifying business records. His case was adjourned for report to Feb. 11. The indictment said from May 2006 through January 2008, Kessler stole more than $3,000 from the American Legion in Oriskany. The indictment said Kessler withheld information in paperwork filed with the state Racing and Wagering Board to conceal the theft.

• Thomas Clifford Jr., 29, of 632 Williams St., pleaded not guilty before Judge Dwyer Feb. 2 to third-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records. His case was adjourned for report to Feb. 11. The indictment said from November 2006 through February 2008, Clifford stole more than $3,000 worth of merchandise from the Schuss Ski and Bike Shop in New Hartford by altering the store paperwork.

• Andrea L. Scott, 37, of 1334 Sunset Ave., Utica, pleaded not guilty before Judge Michael L. Dwyer Jan. 28 to two counts of first-degree vehicular manslaughter and one count each of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, driving while ability impaired by alcohol, driving while impaired by drugs, driving while under the combined influence of drugs and alcohol and speeding. Her case was adjourned for report to Feb. 20. The indictment said at 8:25 a.m. June 21, Scott was traveling at 47 mph in a 30 mph zone on Noyes Street in Utica, when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a tree in the 1200 block. The collision killed 27-year-old Tiffany L. Linen, also of Utica. The indictment said Scott was under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and cocaine.

• Christina F. Stamboly, 53, of 105 Oxford Road, New Hartford, was sentenced by Judge Donalty Jan. 26 to 40 hours of community service, six months house arrest, five years probation and was ordered to pay $12,194.97 in restitution and $320 in court fees on a charge of third-degree grand larceny. According to court documents, Stamboly used another woman’s identity to steal more than $3,000 in goods and services in Utica.

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