Tonawanda News — Ronald A. Ellis, the Wilson man who allegedly sold a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette with a forged Vehicle Identification Number to a North Tonawanda man, appeared in court Thursday afternoon.
Ellis, 41, is represented by Herbert L. Greenman, and a representative from his office, Elizabeth Holmes, attended the appearance Thursday.
Ellis was arrested on June 14 and was charged with nine felonies — third-degree grand larceny, destroying or altering a vehicle ID number, possession of illegal vehicle ID plate, possession of a forged instrument, and five counts of first-degree falsification of an instrument. Ellis pleaded not guilty.
Holmes asked Judge William R. Lewis to push back the court date for 30 days, to give Greenman more time to negotiate with the District Attorney’s Office.
Lewis seemed agitated by the request.
“This has been going on since June,” Lewis said.
Lewis agreed and set the next court date for Sep. 13, but told Holmes to tell Greenman that he needs to move the case along.
Holmes discussed the case briefly with Ellis after his appearance. Holmes, Greenman, and Assistant District Attorney Heather DeCastro, who is prosecuting Ellis, said they are prohibited from talking about a current case, but Ellis did make a brief comment.
“I’m innocent,” he said.Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.