Charges may be dropped against man who took dead man’s snowmobile

Mayfield lawyer Ronald R. Schur Jr. and Fulton County District Attorney Louise K. Sira met Tuesday t

Mayfield lawyer Ronald R. Schur Jr. and Fulton County District Attorney Louise K. Sira met Tuesday to discuss dropping charges against the man accused of stealing the snowmobile of a man who died after crashing the machine on the Great Sacandaga Lake.

Schur said today the meeting was positive and that both sides shared information in good faith.

Schur’s client, 23-year-old Jacob Conyne of Second Avenue, Mayfield, was arrested by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department on a charge of third-degree grand larceny.

Sheriff Thomas J. Lorey announced the arrest the day after 49-year-old Shawn Simboli of Broadalbin was found about two miles north of where he crashed his sled in open water Feb. 24 near Vandenburg Point. Simboli died from hypothermia, an autopsy determined.

Sometime the following afternoon, Conyne happened upon the machine and loaded it into his pickup truck. Schur is adamant Conyne took the sled in an attempt to find the owner and said he has numerous witnesses.

Schur said Sira made no commitment to drop the charge during the meeting, which Conyne also attended. Schur said he and Sira ended the meeting with an understanding that both sides would continue their independent investigations.

“I think it was a pretty positive meeting,” he said. “I’m optimistic because I think there was a level of honesty between us in sharing information.”

Schur called the case “very complicated legally and factually,” but noted “these things happen. … People make an arrest based on the information they have and then more information comes to light.”

Sira was not available for comment this afternoon but said Tuesday she was not then prepared to drop the charge against Conyne.

Schur emphasized again today that his client is innocent.

“He absolutely and positively never intended to steal that snowmobile,” Schur said.

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