Putnam indicted on assault charge


WARSAW — An Arcade man serving a state prison sentence for his role in a drug overdose death has been indicted on a new felony charge.

Jacob E. Putnam, 30, was arraigned in Wyoming County Court Wednesday on an indictment charging him with second-degree assault.

Putnam is accused of assaulting and injury another inmate at Wyoming County Jail on July 22. Putnam was in jail awaiting transfer to state prison. The alleged assault came exactly one month after Putnam was sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years in prison.

Putnam in February pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide for the Jan. 11 death of a woman at his house on Michigan Road.

Putnam was arrested after he ran from the house as first responders arrived for a report of an overdose. Deputies caught him and found he was in possession of “multiple drugs and drug paraphernalia, along with an imitation handgun.”

The investigation began with a call reporting a possible overdose at 6070 Michigan Rd. Deputies, along with crews from Monroe and Arcade ambulances responded and found a 23-year-old woman dead inside.

The investigation revealed Putnam refused to call 911 for help when the woman stopped breathing. A third party eventually called after driving to the scene to help Putnam.

Putnam was charged with criminally negligent homicide, fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest.

Putman also has three felony cases pending in Erie County Court: a burglary charge and two criminal possession of stolen property charges.

He is to appear again in Wyoming County Court on Dec. 2. Putnam is serving his state prison term at Elmira Correctional Facility.

Other cases in County Court this week:

n Matthew W. Beaumont, 30, of Castile entered a not guilty plea to an indictment charging him with felony DWI, unregistered car, failure to use headlights with windshield wipers, no inspection, no insurance, refusing a breath test and open container.

Beaumont has a previous DWI conviction for an incident in 2018 in Perry where he was highly intoxicated and nearly hit a Perry patrol car.

n Ronald Baker of Perry was convicted of felony DWI and sentenced to five years probation.

n Daniel J. Hackett, 46, of Warsaw was sentenced to two consecutive 364-day terms in county jail for aggravated harassment and stalking.

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