4 arraigned in county court for attempted gang assault

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 May 2016 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Four people were arraigned in Orleans County Court today for second-degree attempted gang assault.The four allegedly attacked a person on April 5 on Beaver Street in Albion, kicking and punching the victim.

Christopher Rivers, 19, of Sandy Creek Apartments was among the alleged perpetrators. He was to be sentenced today for criminal possession of a firearm and could have faced up to a year in jail. But that sentencing was put off because of the latest charge.

Judge James Punch also increased the bail for Rivers from $100,000 to $150,000. Matthew Parrinello, attorney for Rivers, asked that the bail be reduced to $20,000, which is where it was before the latest charge, which was initially disorderly conduct but was upgraded to attempted gang assault. Parrinello said Rivers had very little criminal activity prior to the two recent charges.

District Attorney Joe Cardone said the latest alleged crime happened while Rivers was out of jail awaiting sentencing on the weapons charge. Cardone asked that bail not be reduced.

“Things are getting worse, not better,” Punch said in raising the bail.

Three other Albion men were arraigned today for second-degree attempted gang assault. They include:

Ashay S. Gaffney, 22, of Crimson Heights. The judge set bail at $20,000.

Sharoz R. Haywood, 19, of Lyndun Drive Extension. The judge set bail at $20,000.

Jasper D. Lloyd, 22, of Lydun Drive Extension. He said he is hiring a private attorney and will be fully arraigned on Friday with his lawyer.