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Teen pleads guilty to '02 killing of father

ALBION -- Timothy Adams, 17, pleaded guilty in Orleans County Court on Monday to second-degree manslaughter in the shooting of his father in 2002.

Authorities said Timothy, who will be sentenced Nov. 1, faces at most four more years in a juvenile detention facility.

On Jan. 14, 2002, Timothy, then 13, tied up his 8-year-old sister and waited for his father, Angelo Adams, 46, to return home from work. As Adams walked into his Shelby house, Timothy shot him five times in the chest, using a .22-caliber pistol, grabbed a shotgun, then fled in his father's truck. Timothy then cut off a State Police officer during a chase and fired a gun at him. The chase ended after Timothy drove off the road and flipped the truck several times.

Timothy told Orleans County Judge James P. Punch that his father beat him several times, and he feared for his life. Other family members, however, disputed his claims.

Timothy's brother, Joshua Adams, 27, said there was "no abuse."

"My dad was strict and there were rules; you know, you had to come home, do your homework, eat dinner then your chores, but he never hit us."

In May 2002, Timothy pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree murder and reckless endangerment and was sentenced to six years to life behind bars.

However, earlier this year, an appeals court overturned the conviction, saying that Punch did not consider a defense of "extreme emotional disturbance" during the plea and sentencing, and the case was moved to Family Court.

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Lublin pleads guilty in theft from Lancaster

Laura A. Lublin, former clerk-treasurer of the Village of Lancaster, pleaded guilty Monday and brought checks totaling $25,935 to court to fully repay her thefts of government funds.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said he is likely to grant her a conditional discharge Oct. 24 on her guilty plea to misdemeanor attempted grand larceny.

John C. Doscher, chief of the district attorney's White Collar Crime Bureau, told the judge that village government has already been almost fully compensated by its insurance carriers. Therefore, he said, $20,140 will go to the carrier, with the village getting the remaining $5,795.

Kloch allowed Lublin to remain free without bail pending her sentencing, but reminded her that he could impose a one-year local jail term.

Lublin, who abruptly resigned in April 2003 after five years on the village payroll, declined comment as she left court. No village officials attended the court proceeding.

Doscher said Lublin apparently used the stolen money to pay living expenses.

After she resigned, an audit revealed she had left the village's books in a "complete mess" and a criminal investigation was launched, he said.

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