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Interim county court judge has one last defendant in Orleans County

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 July 2018 at 10:16 am

Honorable Sara Sheldon needs to sentence Gerardo Quiros, who also faces charges in another case

ALBION – After sentencing several people in Orleans County Court on Monday, Sara Sheldon brought her tenure in Orleans County to a final defendant.

Sheldon, a Niagara County Court judge, has been filling in with criminal cases in Orleans County Court for about a year, since James Punch retired last July 29.

She presided over a trial against Gerardo Quiros last month, where the Ridgeway man was found guilty of sexual assault and rape charges.

He allegedly held a woman against her will for several weeks, while physically and sexually assaulting her. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 2 p.m. on Sept. 17.

Quiros also has other charges from a separate case. On Jan. 1, while he was out on $200,000 bail, he allegedly barged into a home on Root Road in Barre and tried to drag his girlfriend out of the house by her feet. He was stopped by her brother, who made Quiros leave at gunpoint.

He was offered a plea deal on Monday by the District Attorney’s Office. Quiros will be back in court at 11 a.m. on Aug. 7 to decide whether to accept the offer of pleading guilty to criminal trespass in the second degree and unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, which are A misdemeanors.

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