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Conewango man sentenced for violent incident last summer

LITTLE VALLEY – Norman L. Geddis, 47, of Conewango, was ordered to serve a state prison term of six and 1/2 years by Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz last week on his conviction for a violent assault in his hometown last summer.

The judge also ordered Geddis, currently held at the Cattaraugus County Jail, to five years of post-prison release supervision on his felony assault, menacing, criminal mischief and unlawful imprisonment conviction for the July 6 incident.

District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman said Geddis used a firearm to injure his unidentified victim and prevent someone from calling for medical help. Geddis was prosecuted previously for a 2015 Chautauqua County car crash.

The judge also sentenced Brandon Blackshear, 33, of Rochester to five years in prison and two years post release supervision on his felony conviction for criminal possession of a controlled substance for drug trafficking in Salamanca in September 2015.

Jeffrey C. Strombert, 38, of Cheektowaga, was granted a one-year conditional discharge on his guilty plea to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated for having a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 percent at a traffic stop in the City of Olean on Dec. 5, 2015.

Ryan P. Willis, 33, of Portville, was placed on probation for five years on his guilty plea to third-degree attempted unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine after being arrested while attempting to obtain materials to make the substance in the Town of Portville last July 29.

James J. Jurbala, 49, of Bolivar, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with aggravated driving while intoxicated and felony driving while intoxicated and making an improper turn in the Town of Ellicottville last March 25 when he registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.31 percent, nearly four times the state's legal limit.

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