Nichols Violent Felon’s Weapon Conviction Stands
A Nichols man, convicted in 2018 of violent felony criminal possession of a weapon, is not getting out of jail early.
The Broome County District Attorney’s office says the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division has upheld the conviction of 39-year-old Theodore Cooper, who was arrested during a traffic stop in 2017 in Endicott for illegal possession of a 380-cailber handgun as a previously convicted felon.
Cooper had been a passenger in the vehicle stopped and searched by the Endicott Police on July 4, 2017.
Cooper claimed insufficient evidence and the search was not warranted but the high court last week disagreed, saying there had been probable cause for authorities to search the vehicle.
Cooper had faced fifteen years in prison following his conviction in 2018 but was given seven years in prison followed by five years post-release supervision.