A Geneva woman’s guilty verdict of fourth-degree grand larceny was vacated by Ontario County Court Judge Frederick Reed.
In December of 2016 Danielle Sapp, 33, was arrested and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing approximately $1,700 worth of daycare benefits from the Department of Social Services to which the prosecution states she was not entitled. She was later found guilty in a trial; however, as a result of delayed responses from the court to the jury during deliberation, that verdict is now null and prosecution has decided not to retry the case.
“While we are pleased with the dismissal of the charge, we are left unsatisfied with the length of time it took for this case to reach a just outcome,” stated Mollie Dapolito from the Ontario County Public Defender’s Office. “With the dismissal of the charge, Ms. Sapp is restored to the position she was in before this case began nearly two years ago; innocent.”
According to Dapolito, the money went straight from the Department of Social Services directly to the daycare provider. Sapp never directly received money from the Department of Social Services.
During three-day-trial jurors waited for hours after submitting requests for readback of testimony as Judge Reed was handing other legal matters in a nearby courtroom.