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Sentencing adjourned for former Corrections food supervisor

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Sentencing for a former food supervisor with the state Department of Corrections has been put on hold until next year.

Howard Dean is expected to receive five years probation after six months in jail when he's sentenced, but on Thursday, July 21, his case was adjourned due to medical issues.

Dean admitted back in March to stealing $100,000 from the state, in part by using vouchers that said he was at work on Fridays when he wasn't - for more than ten years.

Dean has paid $50,000 in restitution and will pay another $50,000 over his five years of probation.

Delaying Dean's sentence on Thursday allowed Oneida County to avoid having to pay extensive medical bills for him during his incarceration. Dean's attorney Dennis Sedor says incarceration during his recovery from open heart surgery would have been extremely dangerous.

"If you look at the medical doctor's reports lately, including open heart surgery...to incarcerate him could constitute a death sentence and I don't think anybody wanted that," Sedor said.

Dean's new sentencing date is scheduled for January 10.

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