OSWEGO, NY – One defendant charged in the February murder of a town of Granby man has accepted a plea offer from the Oswego County District Attorney’s office.
In his court appearance Monday (Aug. 4), Zachary Scott, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of first degree burglary, a class B violent felony, conditioned upon a sentence of 19 and a half years in prison, along with 5 years parole in full satisfaction of the charges against him.
In addition to the prison sentence, District Attorney Gregory Oakes said, “As a condition of the plea, he must testify truthfully and completely against his two codefendants, should those matters go to trial.”
Scott originally rejected the DA’s plea offer on July 21 and as a result his case moved to a Huntley hearing to consider the admissibility of a confession the teen made to state police investigators when he was arrested March 3.
Scott told police in his sworn statement that he is best friends with Michael Celi and that the victim, Anthony Miller, was a friend of Glenwood Carr Jr.
Celi and Carr Jr. are the other teens allegedly involved in robbing and killing the Granby man, and the codefendants against whom Scott would testify if those cases go to trial.
“Their plan was to break in and steal marijuana and money,” Scott said in his sworn statement to police.
Armed with a metal pipe, Scott said he entered the victim’s residence and witnessed Celi assault the victim “until he was unconscious.”
Scott’s statement said he then stole marijuana and witnessed Carr Jr. stealing a carton of cigarettes, “jar of marijuana roaches and two marijuana smoking bongs from within the trailer.”
For his involvement a Grand Jury indicted Scott in April on six counts:
- 1st Count – PL§140.25(2) burglary in the 2nd degree, and PL§125.25(3) murder in the 2nd degree, a class A-1 felony;
- 2nd Count – PL§160.05 robbery in the 1st degree, a class B felony, and PL§125.25(3) murder in the 2nd degree, a class A-1 felony;
- 3rd Count – PL§140.30(3) burglary in the 1st degree, a class B felony;
- 4th Count – PL§140.30(2) burglary in the 1st degree, a class B felony;
- 5th Count – PL§160.15(3) robbery in the 1st degree, a class B felony; and
- 6th Count – PL§160.15(1) robbery in the 1st degree, a class B felony
In his decision dated July 25, Oswego County Court Judge Donald Todd advised Scott’s attorney, Joseph Rodak, that the man’s statements would be admissible during a jury trial.
Meanwhile, Celi was in court July 28 for a Huntley/Dunaway hearing to determine whether statements he made to police will be suppressed, and whether his Fourth Amendment rights were violated.
That case will be back in court Friday (Aug. 8).
Carr Jr. was also in court July 28 to reschedule his Huntley hearing which had been adjourned because one of the police investigators was off-duty due to an injury.
That hearing is scheduled to begin Aug. 11.