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SENTENCING SET FOR MAN IN PERJURY TO GRAND JURY

Sentencing has been set for Nov. 2 in Cattaraugus County Court for a Jamestown man who perjured himself before a grand jury.

James Hallowell, 21, of Eagle Street has pleaded guilty to third-degree perjury, stemming from a grand jury appearance during which he gave statements that conflicted with information he previously told investigators. He had been indicted in March on a charge of first-degree perjury.

After being held in the county jail since March on $10,000 bail, Hallowell was released Monday. He is expected to be sentenced to probation.

Hallowell had been called to testify by District Attorney Edward M. Sharkey, who sought to bring more charges against two other Jamestown men accused in an assault case. Hallowell was a back-seat passenger in a car with William Magee, 39, of Jamestown, who was stabbed 46 times by two others in the car and left for dead in a Conewango ditch on April 17, 1997.

The two other men -- Caesar Soto, 20, and Sagfredo Martinez, 25, the driver -- were charged with attempted second-degree murder.

Soto pleaded guilty in May to first-degree assault and was sentenced by Judge Larry M. Himelein to 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison.

Martinez remains in jail and has turned down several plea deals. He is scheduled to go to trial Nov. 17.

In a hearing last year, Magee said that Soto and Martinez had been using heroin in the car and that each of them stabbed him. He said Hallowell had nothing to do with his wounds and was an innocent bystander.

Sharkey brought perjury charges against Hallowell after he gave conflicting statements to the grand jury from previous statements made to the court.

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