Case of the stolen Tom Reed signs to go to trial after defense rejects deal

The petit larceny charges against a Corning man accused of stealing a GPS tracker hidden in a campaign sign will move forward after his defense team rejected a deal from the Steuben County District Attorney's Office on Monday.

Gary McCaslin, a 70-year-old retired pastor, was offered an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, which would have seen the charges dropped so long as McCaslin was not in legal trouble for six months.

However, one of McCaslin's defense attorney's, Christina Sonsire, said because the deal required that McCaslin apologize to Congressman Tom Reed, the defense rejected the deal.

"Because of that caveat, we advised Gary against the adjournment," said Sonsire, who said the requirement would amount to an admission of guilt.

The Reed campaign says they would have liked this to be the end of the matter.

"We would have liked to see an outcome like what was presented to the defendant today: an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with an admission of guilt from Mr. McCaslin," said Nicholas Weinstein, campaign manager for Tom Reed for Congress. "We simply wanted our signs and GPS tracker back. Our intention was never to involve law enforcement and we only did so after being instructed to by Mr. McCaslin. This is in the hands of the court system now."

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