2 plead guilty in county court today after being charged with assault

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 August 2022 at 12:26 pm

ALBION – Two people pleaded guilty in Orleans County Court today after being charged with assault.

Brian Bilby, 34, of Albion pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and second-degree attempted burglary. He accepted a plea deal to reduced charges. He could face up to 5 years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 26.

Bilby admitted in court today that he entered someone’s apartment on West Bank Street in Albion on May 19 and struck a man who was in a bed with either a broomstick or a rod from a  shower.

District Attorney Joe Cardone said Bilby forced the door open in the apartment. Bilby lived in another apartment in the same building.

Cardone said it was an “unprovoked attack” that left the victim in severe pain from his injuries.

Bilby is currently in the county jail on $10,000 cash bail or $25,000 bond.

In another case, Deante Johnson, 19, of Medina pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree assault.

He was originally charged with first-degree assault, but that charge was reduced to second-degree assault because the victim did not sustain life-threatening injuries as initially feared.

Johnson stabbed a man who was in a verbal altercation with Johnson’s mother. The man was wounded in his lower abdomen and was bleeding.

Johnson told County Court Judge Sanford Church that the man who was stabbed put his hands on Johnson, and Johnson felt his life was in danger.

Cardone, the DA, said the other man put his hands on Johnson after Johnson threatened him.

“He wasn’t justified in using a knife,” Cardone said in court today.

As part of the plea agreement, Johnson could face a split sentence with a maximum of six months in the county jail and five years on probation.

Church told Johnson if he commits a crime while on probation he could then face time in state prison.

Johnson will be sentenced on Oct. 26.

He is currently in the county jail on $10,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.