Ogdensburg man admits to fatal hit-and run accident in Morristown; to face maximum sentence
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 6:09 am

CANTON -- An Ogdensburg man pled guilty Wednesday to a hit-and-run accident that killed a man in August of 2013 and will face up to seven years in prison.

Devin B. Ferguson-Brenno pled guilty to second-degree manslaughter, according to the St. Lawrence County District Attorney's Office.

Ferguson-Brenno allegedly struck and killed Benjamin Schick, 19, Lancaster, on County Route 6 on Aug. 4 in Morristown.

He told County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards that before getting into his car to drive, he consumed six to eight beers, smoke marijuana, and did cocaine as well as opiates.

He then told the judge he hit something and just kept going.

Assistant District Attorney Joshua Haberkornhalm asked for and the judge agreed to sentence Ferguson-Brenno to the maximum sentence allowed under state law. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 8

District Attorney Mary Rain state "this has been a long and painful ordeal for the family of Mr. Schick and it is my sincerest hope that today's plea to the top count will provide some solace and emotional relief to his family."

Rain also stated "this outcome should be a message, if you are high and behind the wheel, we will seek justice and where appropriate the maximum sentence that the law provides.