SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The man accused of killing three young adults during a horrific February automobile crash entered court Wednesday morning with just as much drama as his missing attorney caused. Anthony Saccone visibly resisted his police escort as he was led into the courtroom. He stood alone. His hands and face trembled uncontrollably, and the court learned his attorney was missing.
Randel Sharf, Saccone’s defense attorney, did not appear in court due to injuries sustained in a car crash, according to Judge Matthew Doran. Since Saccone could not be sentenced without legal counsel present, Doran said he had no choice but to adjourn the court and postpone the sentencing.
However, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said he believed that there was more going on than just an injury.
“Wouldn’t any sentient person be suspicious of this … I don’t like these coincidences,” Fitzpatrick said, as he addressed the media following the adjournment announcement by Doran.
Fitzpatrick thinks that this may be a ploy to keep Saccone out of prison for at least a short time. He is currently in jail.
“Is it possible that Saccone has found his legal soulmate? Yes,” Fitzpatrick said. “I don’t buy it, not at all.”
Despite the circumstances, Doran adjourned the court until November 19. Fitzptrick said telling the victim’s families they have to wait again is one of the toughest things he’s had to do.
“It’s like a root canal, that’s how tough it’s been for these families,” Fitzpatrick said.
Even Doran appeared to be losing patience the delays in sentencing.
“We will be much less lenient if these issues continue to arise,” Doran said.