ITHACA, N.Y. – Four days after his sentencing, former Tompkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Vann is scheduled to be released from jail after the appellate court granted an application for his release late Thursday morning.

Vann’s attorney, Ray Schlather said he submitted a stay of judgement appeal to the third-division appellate court on Monday after Vann received a 30-day jail sentence with a three-year probation period. Schlather said the court considered the matter, granted the application for release, and set Vann’s bail at $10,000 cash until further determination on his appeal.

“The family is putting the bail together today,” Schlather said. “He will most likely be released within the next few hours.”

Vann, who was initially in custody at Tompkins County Jail, was transferred to Broome County Jail two days ago. Schlather said he was unaware of the reasons why he was transferred. However, he did add that since losing his job in April at the sheriff’s office, Vann could no longer afford Schlather’s council.

“He didn’t have a job (with the Sheriff’s Department) – I was assigned to him for assigned counsel,” Schlather said. “Now, I am being paid for by the taxpayers.”

Throughout Vann’s trial, which lasted nearly four weeks, he faced 14 charges related to accusations of domestic violence and robbery. A woman testified during the trial that he physically attacked her multiple times and another woman testified to seeing one of the physical attacks.

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He was convicted on April 7 of one count fourth-degree tampering with a witness and two counts of second-degree attempted coercion, and was not convicted of the domestic violence charges.

The complainant against Vann made a public impact statement in court during the sentencing on Monday. The victim’s statement follows below:

“I would like to express my experience over the past two years following the crime that occurred on March 31st, 2014 by former police officer Jeremy Vann. I was not completely aware of how much this relationship had impacted me until the trial. 

I recall seeing the Snapchat video for the first time during closing statements. It was very disturbing and painful for me to watch. I question why anyone in law enforcement would create a threatening video in full uniform while sitting in a police cruiser to specifically save for later use.

Why would a person, expected to perform to a high professional standard in this community, take photos of my prescriptions months before the crime or download apps to send distorted and deceiving images to my friends and family?

The only explanation I can come up with is that this was a sick way of attempting to collect and create evidence for future litigation while isolating me from the people I love.

It amazes me how you have abused our legal system to prolong a verdict for two years, at the expense of not only myself and my family but this community. When the time finally arrived, you could not even testify or admit to a single wrong doing. Instead, you decided to place the guilt entirely on me.

My testimony in court was dragged on unnecessarily for three days while your attorney brought forth personal issues unrelated to any of the charges. When I tried to answer questions, I was cut off repeatedly and prevented from speaking. I have taken full responsibility for my personal wrongdoings. Not once have I been malicious toward you, asked for restitution, or attempted to press charges against you personally. I was subpoenaed to appear in court.

You feel that the rules do not apply to you and lack remorse. You will never admit guilt or accept consequences for your actions; instead, you blame those around you. The way you have chosen to view yourself through this trial is disturbing.

I hope that no one else will have to endure what I did. I hope you can learn from this experience as I did and realize how many people you have hurt by your actions. It takes a lot of courage to acknowledge guilt, and clearly, you do not have that.”

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.