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Former Auburn inmate maintains innocence of manslaughter charges, refuses plea offer

A former Auburn inmate maintains his innocence of causing the death of a fellow inmate following an altercation in 2017.

Ashton Bellamy, 32, is facing one count each of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault for his connection in the death of former Auburn prison inmate Daniel Wingate. On July 9, 2017, Wingate was found in his cell unresponsive and covered in blood. He was evaluated, then transported to Auburn Community Hospital where he died on July 14 due to blunt force injuries to the head.

Bellamy appeared in Cayuga County Criminal Court Thursday with his defense attorney, Rome Canzano. Currently incarcerated at Sing Sing Correctional Facility on a previous first-degree attempted assault conviction, according to the state’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Bellamy appeared due to the court executing a force order to have him show up. Canzano apologized to the court and said Bellamy is, and has been, cooperative but was ill, not trying to refuse to appear.

The Auburn Citizen
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