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Suspect in fatal Varick Street stabbing rejects plea bargain

A Utica man accused of stabbing and killing a man on Varick Street over the summer has rejected a plea bargain offered by the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office.

Posted: Sep 27, 2019 11:52 AM

UTICA, N.Y. — A Utica man accused of stabbing and killing a man on Varick Street over the summer has rejected a plea bargain offered by the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office.

Kwame Spratt, 28, was charged with second-degree murder after 33-year-old Thomas Bell was killed in a fight at the intersection of Varick and Cooper streets in July. Authorities say Bell, who suffered multiple stab wounds, died at an area hospital. Spratt is also accused of stabbing two other men during the incident. The two men did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

Spratt appeared briefly in Oneida County Court on Friday, Sept. 27, where he rejected the DA’s offer of 22 years to life in exchange for a guilty plea. The maximum sentence on second-degree murder is 25 years to life, according to the court.

Attorneys will now file motion papers ahead of a trial. Spratt is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 18.

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