May 11, 2016


Man pleads not guilty in fatal crash

Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Christopher Tanner, 43, of Marathon, shown being led into Cortland County Court on Tuesday, pleaded not guilty to charges in the death of motorcyclist Shanon L. Nasoni, 49, of Endicott.

Staff Reporter

A Marathon man accused of causing the death of a motorcyclist in July 2015 pleaded not guilty to seven charges Tuesday in Cortland County Court.
Christopher E. Tanner, 43, was driving on Route 11 in July when he crossed into the opposite lane and collided with a motorcycle driven by Shanon L. Nasoni, 49, of Endicott, state police said at the time. Nasoni was airlifted to University Hospital in Syracuse, where she was pronounced dead.
Tanner was driving while intoxicated and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.21 percent, police have previously said.
Tanner faces the charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, first-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, felonies; aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, misdemeanors; and failure to keep right, a violation.
Tanner, who was originally represented by Michael Mucci of Binghamton, is now represented by Beth O’Connor, after Mucci and Tanner had a disagreement in April, according to Mucci. After a closed-door conference at that time, Mucci asked the court to relieve him of representing Tanner, who had also asked for another lawyer.
Tanner, who was being held at the Cortland County Jail with no bail set, was sent back to the jail on Tuesday with bail set at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond. Judge William Ames set the bail higher than county District Attorney Mark Suben’s offer of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond due to prior offenses committed by Tanner, which Ames did not elaborate on.
According to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website, a Christopher E. Tanner served time in state prison for second-degree robbery and second-degree escape, felonies.
Ames adjourned the case until motions from the defense are prepared.

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