TOWN OF CONESUS – Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Conesus resident on felony Criminal Mischief charges after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
On October 10, 2019 Sheriff’s Deputies arrested and charged 53 year old Denise M. Smith with felony Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree.
It is alleged that Smith went to a residence on Gascon Lane and cut eight tires on two vehicles. The amount of damage exceeded $250 making the charge a felony.
Smith was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charge. It was recommended that Smith be held on $1,500 or $3,000 bond.
Smith was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of North Dansville Justice David Werth. The Judge remanded Smith to the custody of the Sheriff on $250 cash bail or $500 bond.
Investigating the incident for the Sheriff’s Office was Investigator Connor Sanford of the Criminal Investigations Division; Sergeant Ryan Swanson and Deputy Brandon Zingaro of the Patrol Division; and Deputy Matthew Moran of the Forensic Identification Unit.
“Starting January 1st 2020, many different level crimes are not allowable for the suspect to be held on bail,” stated Sheriff Dougherty. “This case is another example where the defendant(s) will walk free and we can only hope they return to court at a later date. I am adamantly opposed to this extreme change in bail and taking away an elected Judges discretion to set bail or not, and ultimately the dangers it will cause for public safety.”