QUEENSBURY — The Glens Falls man accused of robbing a Lake George bank in January has rejected a revised plea offer in the case and a trial has been set for August.
Nelson L. Gouge Sr., 45, was in Warren County Court on Wednesday for possible guilty pleas to robbery and aggravated family offense charges.
Gouge allegedly held up the Trustco Bank branch on Route 9L on Jan. 12.
Police said he walked into the bank with a mask and handed the teller a note stating he had a gun and demanded money. Only some of his face was covered, so he was identified by police and correction officers in the region.
Gouge is also facing charges for allegedly repeatedly brutalizing a woman with whom he was involved in a romantic relationship. He is accused of kicking and punching the woman, which caused her to lock herself in the bathroom of her home. She later sought treatment when Gouge fled the scene.
Gouge is a former member of the Latin Kings street gang and is a two-time felony offender.
The Warren County District Attorney’s Office had offered Gouge a sentence of 4 1/2 to 9 years in state prison to satisfy both charges. Gouge said last month he needed more time to think over the offer.
Prosecutors then revised the offer to 4 to 8 years.
Warren County Court Judge John Hall asked Gouge on Wednesday if he wanted a trial on the charges and to face the possibility of more prison time.
Gouge said he wanted a trial, and Hall set a date for Aug. 27.
It is unclear if it is going to be one trial or separate trials on both charges.
Gouge is being represented in the domestic violence case by the Warren County Public Defender’s Office. It cannot represent him in the robbery case because of a conflict of interest.
The office represented a person who may be called as a witness in the bank case.
Attorney William Little is representing Gouge in the robbery case.
Little did not return a message seeking comment as to why his client rejected the offer.
Warren County District Attorney Jason Carusone declined to comment on the specifics of the case.