Ithaca Commons case headed to trial unless last-minute deal is reached

A case the public has watched closely this summer through several turns reached a decisive fork on Monday: accept a plea offer put on the record by the District Attorney or head to trial this fall.

Rose de Groat, 23, of Ithaca, was charged with striking two police officers during an altercation on the Ithaca Commons in April. Earlier this summer it appeared the top charges would be reduced to misdemeanors, and heading into Monday’s court date several sources — including de Groat’s attorney, Edward Kopko, and Mayor Svante Myrick — had made public statements describing an offer from District Attorney Matthew Van Houten to drop all charges and move the case to mediation.

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