NO PLEA — Accused killer John W. Ferguson was offered the chance this morning to plead guilty to murdering his brother and accept the maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison, but he declined. Ferguson instead decided to take his case to trial in County Court, where he would also face the maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison if convicted by a jury.(Sentinel photo by Sean I. Mills)

Yorkville man rejects plea offer for second-degree murder

Published Sep 24, 2018 at 12:00pm

The Yorkville man accused of killing his brother rejected an offer to plead guilty to murder this morning from the District Attorney’s Office, deciding instead to take his case to trial.

John W. Ferguson, 37, of 10 Jones Place, appeared before County Court Judge Michael L. Dwyer and turned down the offer to plead guilty from Assistant District Attorney Todd Carville.

According to Public Defender Luke Nebush, the offer was to plead to the charge of second-degree murder and accept the maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison — meaning there was no reduction to the charge or sentence in the offer.

Both Nebush and Carville declined to discuss the details of the case or explain why there was no reduction in the plea offer, as is typical in many
criminal cases.

Ferguson is scheduled to reappear in court on Oct. 9 for motion argument.

Ferguson is charged with one count each of second-degree murder and third-degree possession of a weapon. Authorities said Ferguson stabbed to death his 42-year-old brother,

Daryl L. Ferguson, at the home they shared with their mother in Yorkville at about 4 a.m. July 17. Authorities said Ferguson stabbed his brother multiple times with a knife.

The mother called 9-1-1 and Ferguson was taken into custody at the residence.