From WatertownDailyTimes.com, “Extension granted in Butterville Farm migrant worker case,” 21 Apr 2011.
Federal prosecutors and the defense attorney for a Smithville man charged with harboring illegal aliens on his farm have agreed to forestall grand jury action on the matter to further discuss a possible disposition.
John Barney, 48, of 11303 County Route 75, was charged March 30 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents with having illegal migrant workers at his Butterville Farm. The charge came 10 days after a worker died on the farm.
According to documents filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, prosecutors and Mr. Barney’s attorney, Terence L. Robinson, Rochester, agreed to “enlarge” the time in which prosecutors have to present the case to a grand jury by 45 days, effective Wednesday. Additional extensions can be agreed upon if the matter is not resolved by June 3.
Similar stipulations are common in federal court, providing more time for the parties to negotiate a possible disposition before an indictment is voted in the matter. Mr. Barney was arraigned on the lone charge March 30 and released on his own recognizance.