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Accused thief erupts in court, slapped with 30 days for contempt

An additional month in jail — that’s what an outburst Wednesday cost a defendant potentially looking at a lengthy sentence.

Theodore “Ted” O’Connor, 38, is facing two counts of second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny and other theft-related charges. If found guilty he could be sentenced as a persistent felony offender, which would open up the possible maximum sentence of 25 years in state prison.

O’Connor’s attorney, Jennifer Kehoe, submitted the motions on behalf of her client in Ontario County Court, challenging the theft charges by a grand jury. O’Connor wanted to testify during his grand jury indictment proceedings but his attorney denied him, which is within her powers as his attorney.

Judge William Kocher denied the motions, and that’s when O’Connor erupted.

“I want it on the record that I wanted to testify during grand jury,” said O’Connor to Kocher, followed by several expletives directed at the judge.

Ontario County Court deputies quickly removed O’Connor from the courtroom as he repeated various other profanities towards the judge.

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