(Editor’s Note: This is a developing story. The Cortland Voice will provide further details as it becomes available)
A Cortland man who was sentenced to state prison in April 2019 for second-degree manslaughter was released from prison on Monday, according to a notice from the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
In his statement to police, Pilcher said he defended himself during a fight with Grant by using a key. Evidence from an autopsy and a sworn statement by an EMT officer at the scene contradicted that claim. Grant sustained a 2.5 cm laceration in his chest that was consistent with a knife wound.
Pilcher was originally indicted on charges of first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, and tampering with physical evidence, all felonies, as well as fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.
Pleading not guilty at first, Pilcher was due to face up to 25 years in prison. However, in Feb. 2019, he pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and faced a sentencing no worse than 4-to-12 years in prison.
Further details on Pilcher’s release from prison Monday remains to be seen. The Cortland Voice will provide updates once they have been received.