2 plead not guilty in death of Genesee County sergeant

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two people have pleaded not guilty in connection to the death of a Genesee County Sheriff’s Office sergeant in March.

On Monday, Michael Elmore, 33, and Lyndsey Wilcox, 39, appeared in court with counsel. Elmore has been accused of the following:

first-degree aggravated manslaughter

aggravated criminally negligent homicide

first-degree assault

second-degree burglary (two counts)

second-degree assault

obstructing governmental administration

Wilcox was indicted on the following charges:

second-degree burglary

second-degree assault

obstructing governmental administration

resisting arrest

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Sgt. Thomas Sanfratello, 54, had been a member of the Sheriff’s office since 1992. Earlier this year, he was working at Batavia Downs when he was notified of an alleged verbal confrontation. He and members of the facility’s security staff responded and began to escort Elmore and Wilcox out of the hotel, according to officials.

During an alleged struggle with Elmore, officials said Sanfratello tried to use a stun gun, but suffered a fatal “medical event.” Prior to the medical event, Elmore allegedly hit Sanfratello in the head and face with a metal necklace.

In court Monday, orders of protection were issued for the victims and witnesses, according to the Genesee County District Attorney’s office.

Elmore’s bail status of $150,000 was continued, while Wilcox’s was set at $20,000. Both are scheduled to appear in court again on July 31.

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