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Geneva man pleads to weapons charge in shooting

A Geneva man arrested after another Geneva man was shot last April pleaded guilty to a felony weapons charge Monday in Ontario County Court.

First Assistant District Attorney Jason MacBride said Timetheus Merritt pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Merritt will be sentenced May 29 by Judge Craig Doran to a prison term ranging from 3½ to 15 years.

Merritt’s co-defendant, Erin Rhynes, was convicted last week of attempted murder in the April 1, 2018 shooting of Michael Cosentino on Lewis Street in Geneva. Police said the gun Rhynes used to shoot Cosentino was found in Merritt’s apartment later that day.

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