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East Syracuse man convicted in 2003 of killing a Utica prostitute faces heroin, gun charges

An East Syracuse man who was convicted of killing a 16-year-old prostitute in Utica in 2000 is facing new felony charges involving guns and heroin.
Utica (WSYR-TV) – An East Syracuse man who was convicted of killing a 16-year-old prostitute in Utica in 2000 is facing new felony charges involving guns and heroin. Earl Wright, 31, was arrested on numerous felony charges involving guns and drugs after a vehicle chase in Utica early Tuesday morning.

Police say Wright was riding in a speeding vehicle in the Oneida Square area when they tried to pull him over.

Wright left the car, but the driver, who police declined to identify, drove off again. They finally caught up with the driver on Tracy Street.

According to police, Wright had a 9mm Ruger handgun, 16 rounds of ammunition, marijuana, and heroin.

He was charged with:

  • Criminal possession of a firearm 2nd - felony
  • Criminal possession of a firearm 3rd - felony
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance 3rd - felony
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance 4th - felony
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th - misdemeanor
  • Unlawful possession of marijuana – violation

In 2000, Wright was convicted of manslaughter in connection to the death of Desiree Case.

Her body was found in an abandoned crack house.

A former Madison County Corrections Officer, Joseph Smith, was initially convicted on murder charges in connection to Case’s death.

Smith was exonerated the same day that Wright was indicted.

A second man – Michael Nero – was also convicted in connection to Case’s death.
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