Wilson wants to visit infant son’s grave before going to prison
By Amaris Elliott-Engel The Citizen
Friday, April 21, 2006 10:58 AM EDT
AUBURN – Jolynn Wilson cries every time she speaks of her son’s death, her defense attorney, David Elkovitch, said of his visits with Wilson at the Cayuga County Jail.
She admitted April 3 in a guilty plea that her 2 1/2-month-old son, John D. Overstreet, died at her hands. Wilson worried she wasn’t giving him enough food so she pushed harder on a bottle. Under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and painkillers, she fell asleep with the bottle propped in his mouth and rolled onto him. Overstreet suffocated to death Aug. 16.
Now what the 21-year-old Wilson wants is some time to mourn her son’s death outside of the confines of the Cayuga County Jail before a longer stint in the state prison system. She has been incarcerated in the Cayuga County Jail since her arrest for Overstreet’s death, almost eight months ago.
Cayuga County Judge Peter Corning reduced her bail Thursday from $10,000 cash or bond to $500 cash and homebound detention.
"I know she wants to visit her son’s grave and her family before she goes off to prison," Elkovitch said in a court bail hearing. "She is very remorseful … for what she has done and what happened to that little boy."
Wilson will be monitored through an electronic tracking system connected to a landline telephone at the home of her father, Daniel.
Corning told Elkovitch to inquire with Wilson’s family about what level of bail they could afford – even if it was a nominal amount – to ensure someone put some money toward ensuring Wilson stayed in the area. During his long bench career, Corning said he could think of less than five defendants who have fled before their sentencings, but he didn’t want to release Wilson on her own recognizance. He set the bail later in the day after hearing from Elkovitch. Chief Assistant District Attorney Jon Budelmann opposed any reduction in bail.
Wilson faces up to 1 1/3 to four years in prison for the felony crime of criminally negligent homicide. Wilson is scheduled to be sentenced May 18.
Also in court:
– Cleveland Boswell, 37, of 36 Pulaski St., Auburn, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of third-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Boswell admitted stealing a 1992 Plymouth van. His plea also satisfied charges he punched and kicked the owner of the van Aug. 5 at Frontenac Park in Union Springs.
He will be sentenced to time served. He has spent 8 1/2 months in Cayuga County Jail since his arrest.
– Denise Bond, 40, with a last known address of 54 Orchard St., Auburn, was sentenced to one year in state prison, but deemed eligible for parole supervision through the Willard Drug Treatment program, for felony fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
She passed cocaine and money during a drug sale conducted between a police informant and her ex-boyfriend.
– Joshua Breck, 26, was sentenced to six months in Cayuga County Jail after he violated his probation.
A Department of Health official, Todd Fedyshyn, attended Breck’s sentencing because of a traumatic brain injury Breck suffered as a child from the bite of a dog. Fedyshyn said he would have a treatment plan ready to go when Breck was released from custody that would provide him needed structure.
Breck was on probation for fourth-degree grand larceny for the theft of a credit card from a parked vehicle in May 2001. He was recently living at a Cortland County residential program, but still continued to commit a string of relatively minor crimes. Breck also will be sentenced on Cortland County charges next week.
Corning said he has been lenient to Breck each time Breck came before him because of his childhood trauma; he sat on a trial involving Breck’s injury.
"I’ve turned my back on his illegal activities because of that image in my mind," Corning said.
But this time, Corning told Breck he had continued to commit crimes and needed to feel the consequences.
– Richard Confer, 45, of 15063 Route 104, Sterling, was sentenced to one year in Cayuga County Jail for the felony of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
– Gerald Hilton, 57, a state prisoner held in Mohawk Correctional Facility, Oneida County, and with a last known address of 2770 Tindall Road, Cato, had his sex offender level set at level two, a moderate risk of reoffending.
Hilton pleaded guilty in 2002 to the use of a child in a sexual performance, admitting he took sexual pictures of a 14-year-old boy on Dec. 26, 2001, in the town of Ira. He is due to be released from prison June 25.
– Kevin Thomas, 30, of 26 Seminary St., was sentenced to one year in state prison, but he was deemed eligible for parole supervision through the Willard Drug Treatment program, for the felony charge of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He sold crack cocaine June 2. Thomas has a prior felony of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance on his record.