Monday, April 25, 2022

Wyoming County: Penfold still facing domestic violence felonies

Orangeville Man who assaulted deputies twice gets prison term

Wyatt Penfold
An Orangeville man was sentenced Thursday in Wyoming County Court to six years in state prison for twice assaulting law enforcement officers.

Wyatt S. Penfold, 29, will also have five years of post-release supervision, Judge Michael Mohun ordered.

Penfold pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault for the December attacks.

Penfold was the target of a domestic violence investigation that happened Dec. 15 on Pee Dee Road in Wethersfield.

The next day, deputies secured a warrant for his arrest and went to Penfold’s house. He resisted arrest and injured a sergeant before being Tasered.

In a separate incident days later, Penfold assaulted a deputy while in jail, causing more serious injuries and resulting in felony charges against him.

Penfold served a prison term for assaulting his mother in 2011, when he was 19 years old.

He was released but returned to prison in 2019 after violating parole. He was released June 7.

His criminal history also includes a 2015 conviction for misdemeanor sexual misconduct involving a 16-year-old girl. That resulted in him being listed as a Level 2 offender on the state Sex Offender Registry.

In March, Penfold had a second felony indictment placed against him for repeated domestic violence incidents.

He is charged with eight counts of aggravated family offense.

Also in County Court Thursday:

n Alexander Mudannayake, 22, of Brooklyn was sentenced to three years in prison with 18 months of post-release supervision for illegally possessing a gun.

Mudannayake was in Buffalo May 16 when he and a friend went to lunch. Muddannayake told the woman he was going to drive home to Brooklyn and refused to let her leave.

She was able to alert family, who called Buffalo police.

Buffalo officers alerted Warsaw Police Department and Mudannayake was stopped on East Buffalo Street. He had a loaded 9 mm pistol and did not have a permit.

n Brittney L. Ellis, 32, of Hunt was sentenced to one to three years in state prison for violating terms of a one year interim probation.

Ellis had been charged with driving while impaired by drugs as a felony, meaning at least three previous DWI or drug-related driving convictions, felony aggravated unlicensed operation, possession of drugs, possessing a hypodermic needle, petit and equipment violations.

She pleaded guilty in April 2021 and was placed on a one-year interim probation program. If successful, she would have been allowed to withdraw the plea and plead to a lesser charge to avoid state prison.

She failed to abide by the probation rules and was violated.

Ellis had about a dozen previous arrests during the past six years.

In December 2015, Ellis was arrested after an investigation into a shooting at her residence in Portage.

Ellis had called 911 about 4 a.m. Dec. 28 and reported that a masked intruder had shot her in the leg.

That resulted in an intensive investigation until it was determined that Ellis had lied and had accidentally shot herself in the leg when she went outside with a loaded gun to find out why her dogs were barking.

n Casey J. Halsey, 42, no address available, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and is to be sentenced May 19.

n Michael D. Pacer, 34, of Le Roy was sentenced to five years probation and fined $2,500 for felony DWI.

n Kya J. McKnight, 26, of Rochester pleaded guilty to aggravated DWI with a child and was placed on one year of interim probation.

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