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April 28, 2011

Pacherille accepts plea agreement

Tom Grace
The Daily Star

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Anthony Pacherille agreed Thursday to plead guilty to second-degree attempted murder* and to be sentenced to 11 years in state prison, the Daily Star has been told. The maximum sentence is 25 years.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

Pacherille, who is white, is accused of  trying to murder classmate Wesley M. Lippitt, who is black, at the Cooperstown Police Station on April 2, 2010, Good Friday.

He is scheduled to plead guilty in Otsego County Court at 1:30 Friday before Judge Brian Burns.

Muehl said Thursday that Pacherille's attorney, E. Stewart Jones Jr. of Troy, accepted the plea bargain offer Thursday afternoon.

As part of the agreement, Pacherille will acknowledge that he targeted Lippitt for racial reasons, Muehl said.

Muehl said Pacherille will have to serve seven-eighths of his sentence, or over nine-and-a-half years in prison.

He has been in custody at the Otsego Jail for slightly  more than a year, making the remainder of his sentence about eight-and-a-half years in prison. He would be 25 years old when released if serving the full term.

*Editor's note: This story was edited at 9:55 a.m. May 2 to correct the charge Pacherille agreed to plead to.