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Haskell wins sentence stay while he seeks an appeal

THURMAN - Former Thurman Supervisor John Haskell is now free on bail while he pursues an appeal of his November conviction of defrauding the government.

Appearing in state Supreme Court Tuesday, Haskell won a 120-day stay of his jail sentence issued Friday for the felony.

Supreme Court Justice Robert Muller set bail at $10,000 cash. Haskell was sentenced Friday to two months in prison and $2,500 in fines, and he was behind bars soon after in Warren County Jail.

Warren County Sheriff Bud York confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Haskell was released on bail after his four-day stay behind bars.

Haskell was found guilty of illegally altering town documents in order to gain a right-of-way to a land-locked parcel of property he had purchased.

Haskell was immediately removed from office after the conviction. In December the Thurman Town Board appointed Lawrence 'Red' Pitkin to the post of supervisor after a thorough selection process.

Haskell's lawyer, Joseph Brennan of Queensbury had filed the suit seeking Haskell's release pending an appeal of the conviction.

A stay of a sentence is routinely granted when a defendant has a relatively clean record or is convicted of a non-violent, lower-level crime.

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