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Trial date set for deadly Fayette crash

Nearly three years after a crash that killed two people on a motorcycle, there may be a trial in the case.

On Monday in Seneca County Court, Judge Rick Healy set a Sept. 24 trial date for Earl Wilson. The Romulus man is accused of killing Steve Lester of Manchester and Patty Perryman of Canandaigua in a Sept. 16, 2015, accident on Route 96A in Fayette.

Wilson pleaded guilty in 2016 to vehicular homicide, manslaughter and felony driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to 15 years-to-life in prison by then-county Judge Dennis Bender.

Wilson tried to withdraw his plea, claiming his attorney at the time, Assistant Public Defender John Nabinger, coerced him into a plea. Bender rejected Wilson’s request. An appeals court later referred the matter back to county court, ruling Bender should have allowed Wilson to withdraw the plea after a toxicology report showed Lester also was intoxicated.

Wilson said he asked Nabinger for the report repeatedly but didn’t get it until after he pleaded guilty and another attorney, Rome Canzano, was assigned to represent him.

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