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Former supervisor accepts plea deal

November 15, 2012
The Leader Herald

AMSTERDAM - A former city supervisor pleaded guilty in City Court on Wednesday, accepting a plea deal offered by the prosecution.

Former 5th Ward Supervisor Karl R. Baia pleaded guilty to trespassing and second-degree harassment, paying the maximum fine of $250 for each charge with a $120 surcharge.

Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira, who served as a special prosecutor for the case, said 4th Ward Supervisor Barbara Wheeler, the victim in the case, agreed with the result.

"She was happy to have it behind her," Sira said.

Sira said Baia accepted the offer around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, during the jury selection process.

Baia was arrested by city police in August 2011 after an alleged incident at 200 Virginia Lane. Baia, 28, was charged with second-degree burglary, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree criminal mischief, both misdemeanors.

Police said Baia broke into apartment G-10, the residence of Wheeler, damaging the front door. Baia began yelling at Wheeler and refused to leave, police said.

A physical altercation between Baia and Wheeler took place in front of a young child, police said. Wheeler called 911 and Baia left, police said.



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