Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wyoming County woman admits to killing husband

Press release:

UPDATE: APRIL 28, 2016

At 11:30 a.m. today, Charlene Mess, age 49 of Attica, New York, pleaded guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree conditioned upon a determinate sentencing range of 18 to 25 years in prison with an additional 2.5 to 5 years of Post Release Supervision.  She also waived her right to appeal.  During the appearance Mess indicated that she had plenty of time to discuss this plea offer with her attorney and that she was prepared to change her plea. Under the plea, she admitted to causing the death of her husband, Douglas Mess.  Members of the Mess family were present in court to see Mrs. Mess admit her guilt.
Sentencing will be on June 23, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at the Wyoming County Courthouse before the Honorable Michael M. Mohun.
“I hope that this admission of guilt by Mrs. Mess will provide some closure and justice for the Mess Family.  We have been in consultation with the Mess family throughout these proceedings and specifically regarding this disposition.  It is a disposition that has been discussed for months but because of the competency issues we had to address a few weeks ago, it was a disposition that we could not go forward on.  Once the judge ruled that she was competent the defense team was able to begin discussing this disposition once again.  We have been convinced for months that the defendant was faking or maligning her so-called incompetency as a delay tactic to avoid taking responsibility for killing her husband.  Once the judge ruled that she was in fact competent she had no more legal maneuvers to avoid taking responsibility.  The Mess Family and I are hopeful that the court will give her 25 years in prison or at least something close to that as we believe that that amount of time is the most appropriate sentence for her actions in this case,” said, Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen. 

Note: A determinate sentence means that the individual must serve 6/7ths of the actual sentence. The judge will have discretion to sentence her to any number of years on or between that range (i.e. 20.5, 21, 21.5 etc.).  The District Attorney’s office will have no further comment other than what is in this press release or until after sentencing on the 23rd.