GENESEO– Tuesday morning saw a court appearance for an accused criminal who jumped bail and fled to Texas where he successfully dodged authorities for nine months.
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Christopher Crippen, 39, faced the judge for several charges including jumping bail, possession of a controlled substance, and a cocaine related charge, request his case to be adjourned until later this month after receiving new council.
Crippen is facing a potentially lengthy sentence, as the possession and bail jumping charges could be worth up to a four year sentence, with the cocaine charge linked to more than ten years, should he be found guilty.
In June, Crippen rejected a 10-year plea deal offered by the District Attorney’s Office, a deal that could be deemed a bargain in consideration with what Crippen could receive. Crippen jumped bail in July of 2013, before being apprehended in Texas in May of 2014.
Crippen is facing an uphill battle, given that jumping bail is never well received by a judge. Assistant District Attorney Josh Tonra was unsure if Crippen would request a trial Tuesday.
“I am not sure what his plans are. I know he will need to speak to his new counsel, but there has not been any indication yet from him about what he wants to do.” Tonra commented.
Crippen’s new attorney, Hayden Dadd, did not appear in court with Crippen on Tuesday.
Going forward, it should be a case to watch should Crippen decide not to work with the District Attorney’s Office on a plea deal.