Sullivan grand jury hands up first COVID-19 era indictments

MONTICELLO – The Sullivan County grand jury this past week handed up three indictments, the first ones since judicial activities were suspended in March along with the rest of the economy.

Acting District Attorney Meagan Gallian said Jonathan Cintron Gonzalez, 27, of Monticello, was charged with grand larceny and criminal mischief. It is alleged that he stole approximately $2,400 worth of merchandise from a business in the Town of Thompson.

Andrea Mercer, 36, of the Bronx was charged with bail jumping. She is accused of failing to appear in court in connection with charges alleging the theft of $7,775 in cash from a victim in the Town of Thompson.

Anthony Huertas, 37, of Monticello, was charged with assault and obstructing governmental administration. He allegedly obstructed the investigation of a domestic dispute by police in the Village of Monticello and then bit a police officer causing injury.

“We can now move on to empanel the next term of the grand jury and have them hear important matters, including those that I inherited when I took office in January,” said Galligan. “This is an important step forward toward closure for victims on serious cases, and I am glad the Office of Court Administration recognizes the necessity of reconvening grand jury proceedings in the interest of criminal justice.”

Galligan said court administrators have implemented safety protocols for the selection of a new grand jury, which is expected to commence on July 20, including mandating masks and social distancing in the county courthouse, as well as admission screening procedures including temperature checks and questions about potential exposure.

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