continued Anthony was released on bail a few days after his arrest.
During his Dec. 18 court appearance, Anthony’s attorney said, “There is an offer” from the district attorney’s office for a plea deal, which Moore rejected until Anthony undergoes his scheduled mental competency exams. Those exams — one by a Madison County Mental Health Department expert and one by a private expert — are scheduled on Jan. 14 and 28, respectively.
Mascari told the Cazenovia Republican the plea deal that was offered was the maximum jail time allowed on the criminal nuisance charge while still giving Anthony the maximum probation time allowed during which he can be monitored.
“In general, we want to plead appropriately and give consequences. We want at least an attempt at treatment and monitoring. We don’t want [the crime] to happen again,” Mascari said.
As for why a plea deal was offered before Anthony had undergone his mental competency exams, Mascari said the exams were ordered by the judge merely as a precautionary measure. “I don’t think mental competency [applies in this case],” he said.
Moore said during court that the orders of protection against Anthony by four of the alleged stalking victims remain in force, and asked Anthony if he understood that. “As far as you’re concerned, stay away from all these people,” Moore said.
Sonn said there was an issue with the orders of protection in that Anthony does not know the four women and would not recognize them if he saw them. Moore said that was Anthony’s problem, not the women’s problem. “It’s just more women for you to stay away from,” Moore said.
Moore warned Anthony not to miss his two mental competency exam appointments in January, adding, “and be careful of your conduct … You’re on a very short leash, Mr. Anthony.”
Moore adjourned Anthony’s case until March 5, 2014.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.