TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Tompkins County District Attorney Matthew Van Houten has announced the conclusion of the first jury trial in Tompkins County since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March of last year.

In the case, Alexander Mosher, of Ithaca, was convicted of third degree criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of second degree menacing. The trial spanned from April 19 to April 22. It is unclear when specifically this case stemmed from, though Mosher was arrested in summer 2019 on menacing charges for threatening a relative with a kitchen knife.

“The court implemented extensive precautions to ensure that the proceedings were conducted with the safety of the jurors, witnesses and litigants as top priority,” according to the court’s announcement, referring to precautions put into place regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Judge John C. Rowley will handle the sentencing next month. Assitant District Attorney Veronica Fox was the prosecutor on the case.

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