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Schenectady police officer rejects plea deal

Schenectady police officer rejects plea deal

Suspended city police Officer John Lewis, charged criminally in four separate incidents, rejected a

Suspended city police Officer John Lewis, charged criminally in four separate incidents, rejected a plea offer Monday, setting the case on course for possible grand jury action.

Lewis, 39, of Oregon Avenue, appeared in Schenectady City Court Monday afternoon with his attorney Michael Horan.

Horan told City Court Judge Guido Loyola that any resolution was “not doable” at this point.

Prosecutor Christina Tremante made the people’s position clear: “Any offer that may have been made in this case is withdrawn.”

Details of a plea offer were not discussed in court. Prosecutors declined to discuss it later, including whether it included any resignation provisions.

Lewis has been off the job since at least April 2008 on varying stints of paid and unpaid suspension. He has received 30 days’ unpaid suspension after each arrest.

He’s been arrested five times. Four of those cases remain open and include charges of criminal contempt, driving while intoxicated and criminal mischief.

The contempt counts relate to accusations Lewis violated an order of protection by making threats against his ex-wife. He was charged in December with driving while intoxicated and then in January with alcohol-fueled criminal mischief.

Horan told the court in January that his client was in treatment. Horan did not return a call for comment later Monday.

All charges against Lewis are misdemeanors, crimes that don’t usually go to grand jury proceedings. But that is an option.

Tremante said later that she intended to speak with Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney before deciding which route to take.

Lewis’ next court date is June 8.

Lewis is one of seven city police officers currently facing termination from the force for various offenses.

He was served in February with papers informing him that a disciplinary hearing would be held. City Corporation Counsel John Van Norden confirmed Monday that hearing has yet to happen.

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