Oswego Man Convicted of DWI Felonies

OSWEGO – Today (February 23), an Oswego County Jury convicted Scott D. Basedow, 61, of Oswego, of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated and Driving While Intoxicated, both felony offenses.

Basedow was arrested by the New York State Police in the Town of Mexico on April 19, 2016.

His reported BAC was 0.25%.

The jury trial commenced in Oswego County Court on February 21.

The Hon. Donald E. Todd presided over the case.

Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bell prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

The defendant was represented by Attorney Joseph Pagano.

The jury began its deliberations at approximately 11 a.m. and returned with the guilty verdicts about 1.5 hours later.

Basedow has three prior felony DWI convictions.

He was previously convicted of felony DWI in Oswego County Court in 1993, 1998 and 2006.

He was convicted of a misdemeanor DWI in the Town of Scriba in 1992.

For legal reasons, the prosecution could not introduce his prior DWI convictions as part of this case.

District Attorney Gregory Oakes said that the jury reached the right decision.

“I appreciate the jury’s service and want to thank them for their thoughtful deliberation,” said Oakes.

Oakes also thanked the New York State Police for their outstanding efforts, as well as the concerned citizen who called 911 to report Basedow’s driving.

Basedow is scheduled to be sentenced on April 17.

The maximum sentence that the court can impose is an indeterminate state prison sentence of 1  1/3 to 4 years.

Oakes said that his office intends to ask the court to impose the maximum sentence, saying “Clearly Basedow he has no regard for others. Given his history, it’s a miracle that he hasn’t killed someone. He’s dangerous and needs to locked up for as long as possible.”