Suppression hearing held in Seneca County weapons case


Police describe how stolen guns were found

By MIKE HIBBARD | Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013 5:00 am (excerpt)

WATERLOO — A seat belt violation and a broken taillight led to the traffic stop that uncovered two rifles, including an assault weapon, stolen from a Seneca Falls apartment complex last fall.

That was the testimony of several Seneca Falls police officers during a suppression hearing Friday for Gary Goodman in Seneca County Court. The Waterloo man, formerly of Geneva, faces charges of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property….

Local attorney Steven Getman is representing Goodman. Getman is contesting the legality of the search.

County District Attorney Barry Porsch said Maddox, 42, pleaded guilty to a weapons charge several weeks ago and will be sentenced in May. She cooperated in the case against Goodman and likely will be sentenced to probation, with some jail time possible.

After Goodman and Maddox were arrested, police apprehended a 14-year-old boy accused of stealing the rifles from a Hunter’s Run apartment and giving them to Goodman and Maddox. Police said the serial numbers on the weapons in Maddox’s vehicle matched the ones reported stolen.

The teen was charged with felony counts of burglary and grand larceny. His case was handled in family court….

Judge Dennis Bender gave Porsch and Getman 20 days to submit written briefs on the hearing, after which he will issue a decision.

Goodman remains in the county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.


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