Jamestown Man Pleas Guilty To Lesser Charge In Homicide

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MAYVILLE – A Jamestown man pleaded guilty to a reduced charge for his alleged role in the July 2020 fatal stabbing of 23-year-old Brandon Holland on North Main Street.

Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone tells WNY News Now that Carl Sorenson, 28, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, a Class C felony, in County Court Friday. Sorenson was previously indicted on a charge of second-degree murder.

As part of the agreement, Barone says Sorenson admitted to “reckless behavior.”

“This was a really good deal,” Barone said via phone Monday morning. “(Sorenson) maintained he didn’t mean to kill (Holland).” The attorney adds that Sorenson potentially faced decades in prison if convicted on the murder charge.

Barone says that he and the Cattaraugus County District Attorney’s Office, who served as a special prosecutor in the case, agreed to an indeterminate sentence of five-to-ten years in prison.

Sorenson will receive credit for time served towards his sentence.

Holland was stabbed in the chest while walking on the sidewalk along North Main Street between East 4th and East 5th Streets around 10:14 p.m. July 6.

Holland was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital where he died of his injuries.


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