UTICA – The Yorkville man who is accused of stabbing his brother to death in July rejected a plea offer in Oneida County Court on Monday.
John Ferguson, 38, is charged with second-degree murder and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection to 42-year-old Daryl Ferguson’s death. In court on Monday, John Ferguson rejected the offer from the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office, which would have entailed him pleading guilty to second-degree murder.
On the morning of July 17, police were called to 10 Jones Place in Yorkville by Ferguson's mother, who heard her two sons arguing. Police say they found Daryl dead from multiple stab wounds inside the home, and the arrest narrative says that Daryl was stabbed in the stomach, back and chest with a kitchen knife.
Ferguson is due back in court for motions on Oct. 1. If convicted at trial, a second-degree murder charge carries a minimum sentence of 15 years to life in prison, and a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.