After two years in felony drug treatment court, Brandon Hinman will be returning to Cayuga County criminal court. 

Hinman was initially scheduled to appear before Judge Michael McKeon Monday morning for drug court. However, the 34-year-old Weedsport native will now have his case heard before Judge Thomas Leone in criminal court later this week. 

Following the premature birth of his twin daughters and the unexpected death of his wife, Jenna, Brandon Hinman was convicted of stealing nearly $50,000 in funds in 2015 — funds that were raised for his family's medical expenses. He was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation, provided he pay restitution, complete felony drug court and fulfill his duties as a father. 

Now, two years later, Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said Hinman has not held up his end of the bargain, violating the conditions of his probation several times. 

Hinman's first violation of probation occurred only two months after his initial release from jail when he was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license in December 2015. Then, early last month, Hinman was remanded to Cayuga County Jail pending another violation of probation petition. 

According to Budelmann, Hinman's latest petition consists of nearly a dozen violations, including missed probation meetings, continued drug use and failure to appear in court. Both the district attorney and Hinman's in-laws have said they now would like Hinman to serve prison time for the violation. 

Hinman has been incarcerated at the Cayuga County jail without bail since May 15. He is due to appear in criminal court with Judge Leone at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, June 15. 

Staff writer Megan Blarr can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or Follow her on Twitter @CitizenBlarr. 


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