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Utica Priest Returns To Court

A Utica priest accused of not paying contractors for renovations to his church was back in Oneida County court today. Reverend Stephen Enea of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Howard Avenue in Utica is charged with grand larceny, scheme to defraud, and four counts of issuing a bad check. During a brief proceeding, his defense attorney asked the judge for more time before his client accepts a plea offer or takes his case to trial. He says it's still too soon to decide what the priest's next steps will be.
A Utica priest accused of not paying contractors for renovations to his church was back in Oneida County court today.

Reverend Stephen Enea of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Howard Avenue in Utica is charged with grand larceny, scheme to defraud, and four counts of issuing a bad check. During a brief proceeding, his defense attorney asked the judge for more time before his client accepts a plea offer or takes his case to trial. He says it's still too soon to decide what the priest's next steps will be.

"All of the discoverable evidence the district attorney has, they will sit down with us and we'll have the opportunity to look at it. We're entitled to it, so we want to look at it before we make any decisions. It wouldn't be intelligent for us to make a decision without looking at that evidence," says Cory Zennamo, Enea's attorney.

Enea will be back in court next Thursday, September 26, for a discovery hearing and to possibly set a trial date.
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