Jury convicts Penn Yan man of DWI

Staff reports

A jury trial in Yates County Court that began on the morning of Monday, June 13, ended on the early afternoon of June 16, with a verdict of guilty. Todd J. Holton, age 35, of 2036 Mays Mills Road, Penn Yan, was found guilty as charged of felony driving while intoxicated. Closing arguments were given Thursday morning. The jury then deliberated for approximately 90 minutes before a unanimous verdict was reached.

After the guilty verdict was announced, Yates County Judge W. Patrick Falvey remanded Holton to the yates County Jail without bail to await further proceedings. Post trial motions will be argued on July 19, and sentencing has been scheduled for August 30. Holton now faces one and a third to four years in state prison as a result of this felony conviction.

Holton was arrested by the Yates County Sherrif's Department in the very early morning hours of September 22, 2010 after a one car motor vehicle accident on Pre-Emption Road in the Town of Benton. He has previous convictions for DWI from the courts in the Town of Milo, Penn Yan Village, and Ontario County.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Adrienne Muia. Holton was represented by the Public Defender's Office.