Defendant To Judge: "Take This Deal And..."

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"Take this deal and shove it right up your ass" - that's what a convicted robber told a judge in St. Lawrence County Court Thursday.

Michael Wells left his prison cell to appear in court to face new charges of accepting a bribe.

The 26 year old had agreed to a plea bargain with prosecutors, but changed his mind at the last minute.

That's when Wells told the judge what he could do with the deal.

The judge did not acknowledge the remark, but Wells' lawyer, Gary Miles, said, "Shut up, Michael."

Wells is serving a 12 year prison sentence for the March 2011 armed robbery of the Twin Bridges Convenience store in Ogdensburg.

He was additionally charged with accepting a bribe in return for not testifying against his accomplice.

Orrie "Joe" Howe of Ogdensburg allegedly offered Wells money in exchange for not testifying against his son.
 
Howe's son, 27 year old Travis Howe, pleaded guilty to robbery charges in connection with the incident and is serving a 12 year prison sentence.

Wells had previously agreed to a plea bargain with prosecutors on the bribery-related charge in exchange for 2 to 4 years in prison and his testimony.

Now that he has rejected the plea deal, Wells now faces 15 years to life if convicted as a persistent felon.

Saturday, August 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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