posted on December 07, 2010 07:26
The verdict was not what the family wanted, but the sentence was severe.
Melissa Englehardt was sentenced yesterday to 20 years in state prison for the death last year of her stepson, two-year old Andrew Cianfini of Batavia.
Englehardt was found guilty of manslaughter in a non-jury trial in Chemung County.
She was originally charged with murder.
Outside the Elmira Courtroom yesterday following the sentencing, Andrew’s mother, Kristen Cianfrini of Batavia, had few words for Englehardt:
"Rot and burn in hell. I know my little boy is haunting her every day of her life."
Prosecutors said Englehardt fed the boy windshield washer fluid, causing his death.
The defense argued Englehardt only wanted to make the boy sick in order to bolster her custody case.
A Lake Effect Snow Advisory remains posted for Genesee County until Noon today.
The advisory extends to Orleans, Wyoming, Niagara and Erie Counties.
The Lake Effect Snow Warning has been moved to Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties along the Southern Tier.
A reprieve for Genesee Justice.
The County Legislature has agreed to a plan, put together by the director of Genesee Justice, to allow the agency to continue one more year – even though the plan involves the director taking a voluntary layoff.
The plan has no impact on the tax rate.
Genesee Justice Director Ed Minardo hopes that by keeping the agency intact, a foundation can be formed to raise enough private funding to insure the long term viability of Genesee Justice.
The full legislature is scheduled to act on the final county budget tomorrow night. The budget keeps the county’s tax rate at $9.82 per $1,000 assessed valuation.
A Batavia couple has been accused of receiving over $14,000 worth of welfare benefits they were not entitled to.
33-year-old Joshua Carney and his wife, 27-year-old Holly of Spencer Court, Batavia, are facing several felony counts. Officials say the couple failed to properly report Joshua’s income. The two have been released under the supervision of Genesee Justice.
37-year-old Brandy Miller of Lewiston Road, Basom, was also charged with welfare fraud. Social Services said Brandy allegedly received 600-dollars worth of food stamps she was not entitled to.