PLATTSBURGH — Jason Bruce, the man accused of throwing his then-girlfriend into a dresser and breaking several of her bones last June, was found not guilty of third-degree assault today.
He had allegedly assaulted Annette Ormsby, throwing her against a dresser and leaving her partially paralyzed. He was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, by State Police when he was arrested.
An indictment of a third-degree assault charge, a misdemeanor, was handed down by a grand jury after the case was presented to it this year, Franklin County District Attorney Craig Carriero said.
Carriero’s office was the special prosecutor in the trial, with Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Meredith Larsen working the case.
Bruce had turned down a plea agreement in February that would have seen him receive three years of probation and a continued order of protection to keep him away from Ormsby, as well as any fines or surcharges that would come along with that charge.
"Although we are obviously disappointed in the verdict, we always fully respect the verdict of a jury and we thank them for their service," Carrierro said.
Injuries sustained in the alleged incident have resulted in Orsmby undergoing numerous surgeries to repair her spinal column, and have required renovations to her home to make it wheelchair accessible.
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