Brandon Hinman, accused of probation violation, facing potential jail time
AUBURN, N.Y. —
The Auburn man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from his dying wife and newborn daughters in 2014 now faces up to seven years in prison.
The Cayuga County District Attorney's Office says Brandon Hinman violated his parole for the second time.
Hinman was originally charged for stealing nearly $46,000 from a fund started to help his twin girls. His wife died from a rare pregnancy cancer three years ago. Hinman was ordered to pay back most of the money and get evaluated for substance abuse.
Jenna Hinman's family says they are encouraged by Brandon Hinman's case is being heard once again by the judge that promised to sentence him to prison if he violated probation.
However a hearing must occur first to determine whether or not Hinman violated his probation.
"If you want the real story talk to me. Don't just tell one side of the story," Brandon Hinman said after his appearance in Cayuga County Court Thursday.
In court, Judge Thomas Leone reiterated that if found in violation of his probation in a hearing, Hinman would be sentenced to up to seven years in prison. If Hinman were to admit a violation before the hearing, he would receive between two to six years, Leone said.
Jenna Hinman's mother says that's welcome news. "My belief is that there is no way he can get off of these violations," said Kim Blaisdell. "He could plead guilty and save time and a lot of taxpayer money, but depending on how that goes we will be back on the 29th. The biggest thing is justice is being served and he will not be able to walk a free line and continue to do everything he is doing."
Jenna Hinman's family said they want to be clear: this is not about money, it's about justice. Blaisdell continues to raise Jenna's twin girls. She says unfortunately they have no mother and now no father.