Owego man tried multiple times in the murder case of his wife pleads guilty to DWAI
PREBLE, N.Y. (WENY) – An Owego man who made headlines after going through multiple trials involving the murder of his wife has pleaded guilty to DWAI charges.
According to the Cortland County District Attorney, Calvin Harris reached a plea deal after he was accused of driving drunk in Preble back in December.
Prosecutors say he hit another vehicle while driving drunk with a blood alcohol content of .13.
The DA reports Harris provided proof that restitution was paid to the driver of the other vehicle, which is why the plea deal was reached to change the charge from DWI to DWAI.
As per New York State Law, Harris will have to pay the maximum fine of $500 and his license will be suspended for 90 days.
The District Attorney also said initially, Harris had called Spectrum News of Central New York and another Southern Tier outlet to tell them the charges had been dropped. They reportedly called the DA's office to confirm, where they learned this was not the case.
In December when Harris was initially arrested, he told a Binghamton newspaper the arrest was “another pathetic attempt” by state police.
In August of last year, Harris filed a lawsuit against local officials for “targeting, hunting and pursuing” him for 15 years.
Harris' wife, Michelle, disappeared in 2001. He was found not guilty in the murder after four trials.
Michelle's body has still never been found.