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Naughton sentenced to prison

By Fritz Mayer
May 2, 2011

Joe Naughton, owner of the Western Hotel in Callicoon, was sentenced on April 29 to 16 months to four years in prison for selling alcohol to a minor. Naughton was caught in a police sting on February 26 at liquor store in the hotel when he sold a bottle of wine to an undercover officer.

The sale was a misdemeanor but also a violation of his parole. Naughton was on probation for the shooting death of local actress Lori Schubeler in April 2008. At the trial for that incident, Naughton admitted that he had been drinking at the time of the incident, which was described as an accident. He pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to six months in the county jail.

Schubeler’s family and some members of the community did not think the sentence was severe enough given the loss of life.
In this case, district attorney Jim Farrell asked judge Michael McGuire to impose the maximum penalty allowed under law. Naughton’s lawyer, Joseph Ruyack, argued that his client had been fulfilling all the terms of his parole and the sale of a bottle of wine did not merit a prison term.

McGuire did not agree, and Naughton was immediately led away in handcuffs.

politics and justice

I guess if you take a person who pointed a loaded gun at someone,fired the gun and killed them,...and they did six months,that could come back as a bad decision.A killer would think (logically)how could i get in trouble doing anything illegal,short of murder.Tragically and with absolute lack of justice this murderer will do more time for underage sale then murder.Now i wonder if a fellow inmate points a shank at naughtons aorta and the shank goes off,...will they only get six months extended sentence???