One of two defendants in Oneida Castle killing rejects plea offer from prosecutors

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One of the two men charged in the shooting death in Oneida Castle has rejected a plea deal and told the County Court judge he wants to take his case to trial in September.

A decision has not yet been made whether Travon Golden and Romero Collier will have separate trials.

Golden, 23, of Canandaigua, appeared in person before Judge Michael L. Dwyer Monday to hash out a possible plea deal. According to court officials, the District Attorney’s Office offered Golden to plead guilty in exchange for a sentence of roughly 15 years in state prison, at least.

Defense attorney Daniel DuBois, of Buffalo, told the court that Golden did not want a double-digit sentence. Golden is charged with one count each of second-degree murder and first and third-degree robbery.

Golden is scheduled to go to trial on Sept. 20. He faces at least 25 years to life in state prison if convicted. Golden’s next court date is Aug. 6, at which point court officials said they will begin to lay out the makeup of the trial.

Authorities said at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 2020, Golden and co-defendant Romero Collier, 23, of Syracuse, traveled to the home of Tyler McBain on Seneca Avenue in Oneida Castle and stole 2 1/2 pounds of marijuana from McBain. Authorities said Collier shot him once, and the bullet hit McBain in the arm and then traveled into his chest.

A neighbor living below McBain heard the scuffle, saw at least one man fleeing the house and gave state police a description of two men fleeing in a black SUV. Authorities said the vehicle crashed just off the Thruway in Seneca County and Golden was taken into custody near the crash. Collier was taken into custody several days later.

Collier’s case also remains ongoing. Judge Dwyer said he will likely decide by mid-August whether the two men will have a single trial or if they will be tried separately.

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