Bikers decry verdict in fatal DWI accident
(May 5, 2007) — Hundreds of motorcyclists jammed South Fitzhugh Street on Friday in front of the Monroe County District Attorney's Office to protest Wednesday's acquittal of a former deputy on a manslaughter charge in the death of a Greece motorcyclist.
"They should have made an example of this guy," said Ashley Williams, 20, of Fairport. The bikers said it appeared that James R. Telban Jr., 45, was spared jail time because of who he was.
Telban was convicted on two misdemeanor counts of DWI. He was acquitted of manslaughter; the judge said it had not been proved that his drunkenness directly caused the crash with Peter Volkmuth, 27.
Telban's blood-alcohol level was 0.24 percent.
"It's time we all stand up for our rights," said Michael Cavuto, local chapter president of ABATE, a motorcycle advocacy group.
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