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State’s top court affirms Seneca Co. assault conviction

The state’s highest court has upheld the conviction of a man who disfigured his ex-girlfriend in Seneca County.

In a decision issued Thursday, the New York Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed the conviction of Don Sipp.

In 2017, a jury found Sipp guilty of second-degree assault, a class D felony. Then-County Judge Dennis Bender, who has since retired, sentenced Sipp to the maximum seven years in prison.

Sipp was acquitted of second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault, both class B felonies punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

The charges stemmed from an April 2016 incident at the home of Sipp’s ex-girlfriend, Jamelle Callon, on Seneca Road in Covert.

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