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Albany man attempts to withdraw guilty plea, new attorney assigned to case


ALBANY, N.Y. – There was an unexpected turn of events in Albany County Court on Monday when Michael Anderson was set to be sentenced.

Anderson, 29, previously pleaded guilty to murder and assault charges in February in connection to stabbing of three women. One of victims, Tonette Thomas, died from her injuries back in 2012.

Anderson attempted to withdraw his guilty plea Monday morning saying he is not satisfied with his attorney. He also told the judge that he was on medication at the time of his guilty plea. Anderson went on to say his lawyer was not looking out for his best interest, going as far to accuse his lawyer was having sexual relations with the prosecutor.

"I don't know what his rationale was when he and I spoke previously. He was very clear he wanted to spare the family any additional pain or suffering as a result of what happened that day," said Assistant Public Defender Michael Jurena. 

Anderson was accused of intentionally causing the death of Tonette Thomas by stabbing her with a knife back in November 2012. The incident happened inside 157 Myrtle Avenue in Albany. Two other women were injured, including Anderson's ex-girlfriend 26-year-old Shaquasia Thomas and 43-year-old Gwynn Carter.

"He never filed motions on my behalf or things I wanted to subpoena in my defense," said Anderson.

Anderson said he was not satisfied with his representation- saying the lawyer did not look out for his best interest and even accused his lawyer of having sexual relations with the prosecutor. The judge said the accusations were outrageous.

The judge has relieved Anderson's lawyer, not because of misconduct, but because of a conflict. Anderson has been assigned a new lawyer to review the legal proceedings and make sure Anderson's rights are protected.

He is due back in court next month on April 7th.

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