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Judge waiting for written plea offer in Utica police officer assault case

Jacob Penree appears in Utica City Court on May 30.

The plea offer will reportedly require community service, but no jail time

Posted: Aug. 8, 2018 2:12 PM
Updated: Aug. 8, 2018 2:14 PM

UTICA – A judge says the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office has a little more than a week to put a plea offer in writing for a Utica police officer accused of assaulting a Utica firefighter.

Police say Officer Jacob Penree was off-duty when he started a fight with a firefighter on Culver Court on May 12. Police say the fight led to the victim receiving injuries to his face. The next day, Penree was arrested and charged with third degree assault.

Wednesday morning in Utica City Court, Judge John Gannon told the DA’s office a plea offer must be officially put into writing by August 17. The offer will reportedly require community service, but no jail time.

Penree, a 10-year veteran of the Utica Police Department, was suspended without pay after he was arrested.

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