One of New York state’s highest courts has vacated the sentence imposed on a Genoa man who violated his probation in Cayuga County.
In 2011, Claude Zirbel pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in Cayuga County Court and was sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years in prison plus five years probation.
According to the state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, after serving the full four years in prison, Zirbel was charged with violating his probation in 2015 when he was caught in possession of alcohol during a home visit by his parole officer. He admitted to the violation and was restored to probation.
Then, in July 2016, Zirbel violated his probation a second time when he was arrested and charged with his sixth drunk driving offense in the town of Cortlandville.