Anthony Saccone wasn’t sentenced as expected on November 7, 2018, for causing a fatal crash near Onondaga Community College that killed three people, District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said.
Saccone's new lawyer, Randel Scharf, told people that he's ill and in a Cooperstown hospital, Fitzpatrick said. Scharf practices in Cooperstown. He's a former public defender who represented death row clients.
Scharf had filed last-ditch arguments in an attempt to convince a judge to let Saccone withdraw his plea. Judge Matthew Doran has previously denied arguments from Saccone's previous lawyer, who Saccone fired before sentencing.
Saccone will be sent to prison for 10 to 30 years when he is eventually sentenced unless he is allowed to withdraw his plea. This is at least the fourth postponement.
Sentencing was postponed for weeks after Saccone attempted to withdraw his plea. It was postponed again after he fired his first lawyer. The fourth time came at the request of the victims' families, some who are traveling from out of town.
Now, it's postponed so Saccone's new lawyer can be present.
Killed in the Feb. 23 crash at Onondaga Road and Onondaga Boulevard were Baylie Rose, 19, Michael Walker, 18, and Samra Osmanovic, 20.
Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick has said Saccone was drunk and high on cocaine, going more than 80 mph when he blew through a red light and crashed into the victims' car.