Tonawanda News — “The defendant sent (the victim’s mother) off on a wild goose chase,” Sloma said, referring to an early morning ploy to get her to live the home. “This is a person she’s known her whole life.”
But Grover’s plea deal nearly collapsed in front of Farkas, during a brief address in which he framed himself as misunderstood, adding that he and victim’s family “are good friends.”
“I never committed a sex crime, never,” he said, before Farkas immediately halted the proceeding and called the Grover’s assigned attorney, David C. Douglas, and Sloma to the bench.
Farkas then told Grover that she would schedule a trial should he insist that the crime he pleaded guilty to never occurred, adding that there is a preponderance of evidence against him. A trial could have led to charges carrying a longer sentence.
“Is he the monster everyone says he is or not?” Farkas asked.
Douglas retorted that his client was referring to an earlier burglary conviction in which he was found outside 12-year-old girl’s bedroom.
“So do you want a trial?” Farkas asked Grover.
Grover responded: “I do not want a trial.”
“Are you or are you not admitting that this is a sexually motivated crime,” she asked.
“Yes,” Grover admitted.Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.