Update: Man found not guilty in Jefferson County Court on 7 counts in connection with 2018 incident

WATERTOWN, NY –  After two-and-a-half years of being charged, Jeffrey Kiggins was found not guilty of a seven-count indictment last Friday in Jefferson County Court.

The accusations stemmed from a Nov. 20, 2018, allegation that resulted in an indictment in May 2019 and included the following charges:

Burglary in the second degree
Strangulation in the second degree
Two counts of assault in the second degree
Criminal mischief in the fourth degree
Assault in the third degree
Reckless endangerment in the second degree

On April 30, 2021, Mr. Kiggins was found not guilty of all seven charges in a trial presided over by Jefferson County Judge David A. Renzi.

Mr. Kiggins was represented by attorney Eric T. Swartz


Earlier Report from Nov. 20, 2018:

WATERTOWN, NY — Jeffrey S. Kiggins, 50, Harrisville, was charged by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday night, Nov. 20, 2018, with second-degree burglary, a felony, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and fourth degree criminal mischief.

Mr. Kiggins is accused of kicking in an exterior door at about 9:00 p.m. Tuesday at 16283 Ives Street Road Extension, town of Watertown, belonging to Kimberly S. O’Brien, deputies said.

He allegedly pushed Ms. O’Brien to the ground and applied pressure to her neck while sitting on top of her making her struggle to breathe, according to court documents.

He was arraigned before Town of Watertown Justice Matt Porter who sent him to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building with bail set at $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond.

Justice Porter also issued an order of protection for the victim.