Manslaughter Plea In Town of Dix Murder
Today, Hand admitted his actions in the plot to kill the father of Trappler's baby. At his plea hearing, Hand testified he and Borden waited for a call from Trappler before entering Bennett's home in the Town of Dix. Hand said his role was turning on the light for Borden, who had the gun and shot Bennett while he slept. In a plea deal, Hand's second degree murder charge was lessened to manslaughter, and he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors at Trappler's trial next year.
"He physically participated in the homicide, but he's getting a lesser sentence than what was available," said Schuyler County District Attorney Joseph Fazzary. "But we talked about it with the family, and they understand that we would really like to have his cooperation at the time of the trial against Alice Trappler."
In the deal, Hand also waived his right to appeal, and his official sentencing is expected in April, after Trappler's trial.