A man who once tried to kill a friend's husband for $400 says he has served enough time in prison and wants out.
Stephen J. Tremblay, 29, of North Tonawanda, wants Allegany County Judge Wayne A. Feeman to vacate his guilty plea to attempted murder and conspiracy.
Tremblay said in an appeal filed with Feeman that since he has served longer than the minimum 7 1/3 years that Feeman imposed in 1990, his guilty plea and negotiated sentence should be nullified.
Feeman has given District Attorney Terrence M. Parker until Oct. 8 to file papers opposing Tremblay's motion.
Tremblay admitted in January of 1990 that he conspired with Donna L. Zellner to kill her husband, Brian Zellner, for $400. Tremblay stabbed Zellner several times in the throat, arms and legs at the couple's camp in Belfast, but Zellner survived.
Troopers arrested Tremblay shortly after the stabbing in March of 1989, and he has been in custody since then.
Court officials said Tremblay pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder and second-degree conspiracy in January 1990, with the understanding that Feeman would sentence him to 7 1/3 to 22 years, and he did that.
Tremblay is asking the court to free him from the Wyoming County Correctional Facility in Attica, where he is serving his sentence.
Tremblay says in his appeal that while in the state correctional system, he had gone through counseling for aggressive behavior and has earned a bachelor's degree from Canisius College.