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Ex-Seneca County manager pleads not guilty

John Sheppard entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of official misconduct Wednesday night in village court.

James Doyle, the attorney representing the former Seneca County manager, entered the plea on behalf of his client. Justice Conrad Struzik was presiding.

Sheppard remains free on his own recognizance.

Doyle asked for an adjournment, a request Struzik denied and Seneca County Assistant District Attorney Brooke Moore opposed.

Sheppard originally was scheduled to appear for arraignment Nov. 6, but he did not appear. A bench warrant for his arrest was issued but later rescinded. Doyle claimed he was not informed of the court date.

Pretrial motions will be argued before Struzik at 1:15 p.m. Jan. 15.

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