UTICA, N.Y. -- The man accused of killing his grandmother and setting her West Street apartment on fire in Utica is going to trial after turning down a plea deal.
Last month, the prosecution offered 23-year-old Andre Anderson a plea deal.
Anderson's attorney, Kurt Schultz, says if Anderson accepted the offer and pleaded guilty, he would be facing 25 to life.
Schultz says if he is convicted after the trial, he will be sentenced to 25 to life anyway – so there was no reason for them to accept the deal.
Motions for the defense are due by May 28, and the people's answers to those motions are due June 3.
Schultz says he anticipates the trial to start in September.
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