New judge ordered for Pecore plea

The Cornwall courthouse at 29 Second Street West. (Newswatch Group/File)

CORNWALL – A Cornwall man will have to wait until Monday to enter a plea to armed robbery-related charges.

John Pecore, 32, is facing 28 charges including robbery, disguise with intent, robbery with a weapon, robbery with intent, assault with a weapon and several court breaches.

Five local businesses and a cab driver were robbed between December 2014 and January 2015.

Pecore was supposed to enter a plea today (Thursday).

As the court officer began to formally arraign Pecore, Judge Franco Giamberardino stopped the proceedings after the first victim’s name was read aloud in the court.

Giamberardino explained that he had a professional relationship with the victim, who was struck in the head by a steel pipe while one of the robberies was taking place.

“The optics may not be the best,” the judge explained about a perceived conflict of interest.

After setting the matter aside, court later scheduled to matter to be heard by another judge on Monday morning at 10 a.m.

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