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Geneva man gets five years for ‘bad decisions’

An Ontario County prosecutor said “bad decisions and hanging around the wrong people” will cost a Geneva man several years in state prison in a case connected to the 2018 shooting of Michael Cosentino.

Ontario County Assistant District Attorney Jason MacBride said Timetheus Merritt was sentenced Monday morning by County Court Judge Craig Doran to five years in prison and five years’ probation after pleading guilty in late March to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Merritt could have received up to 15 years in prison for the charge.

MacBride said Merritt hid a gun that co-defendant Erin Rhynes used to shoot Cosentino in Geneva in April 2018.

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