DSS Attacker Pleads Guilty, Sentenced To Prison

Steven Haynes
Steven Haynes

OSWEGO – On Monday (October 15) Steven Haynes of Oswego appeared in Oswego County Court and pleaded guilty to Attempted Murder in the Second Degree.

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Steven Haynes

As part of the plea, Haynes, 34, admitted to stabbing another person in the head with a screwdriver while at the Oswego County Department of Social Services on June 7.

There was no prior relationship between Haynes and the victim.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, the attack was random, spontaneous, and unprovoked.

Haynes was sentenced immediately after he entered his plea.

The Hon. Walter W. Hafner Jr. sentenced Haynes to 20 years in state prison, followed by 5 years of post-release supervision.

Haynes was represented by attorney Salvatore Lanza of Fulton.

After sentencing, District Attorney Gregory Oakes thanked the DSS workers who witnessed and promptly reported the attack, as well as McFee Ambulance for responding so quickly.

Oakes said that he was extremely pleased with the outcome and commended Chief ADA Mark Moody, who was the lead prosecutor on the case.

“From the start, we sought a top count conviction because of the senseless brutality of this offense. It’s a miracle that this wasn’t a homicide,” said Oakes.

The District Attorney also thanked the court for imposing a significant sentence, noting that Haynes has a criminal record that includes a 2007 felony conviction for Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree.

Oakes said, “I’m glad that the court recognized the gravity of this offense and imposed a sentence that appropriately holds Haynes accountable.”