Sentencing appears to be the main sticking point in a stabbing case, which is moving through Seneca County Court.
Judge Barry Porsch gave both the defense for Christopher Freeman, and prosecutor Mark Sinkiewicz a month to come to terms on a plea. The case will be heard by a grand jury if an agreement is not made in a month.
Attorney Joe Sapio is representing Freeman. He inherited the case from local attorney Joe Lucchesi, who withdrew himself from the case last month.
“We’re not in a position for any plea at this time,” Sapio told Porsch in court, according to the Finger Lakes Times.
Freeman is accused of nearly killing a Seneca Falls woman in a violent stabbing last summer. Prosecutors are seeking 15 years in sentencing. Meanwhile, Freeman is pursuing 10 years.
He currently faces attempted murder, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon charges for the incident, which occurred last summer.
Porsch is familiar with Freeman, having prosecuted him three times while he was district attorney.
“I can be fair and impartial in this case,” Porsch told Freeman, the Times reported. “The alleged crime happened after I was elected judge.”
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