Ham Sandwich indicted in Schenectady
Published March 22nd, 2015
SCHENECTADY -- A Gloversville man has been charged with lying to a grand jury about his name.
Hamilton Sandwich, 47, also known as “Ham,” told a Schenectady County grand jury last year his name was “Hamilton Sanders” while testifying about the theft of dozens of cheese slices from the set of the 2012 movie, “The Place Beyond the Pines,” which was filmed in the Electric City.
The indictment brings to reality the famous line once uttered by former New York state Chief Judge Sol Wachtler that “you can indict a ham sandwich.”
Sandwich, a former GE employee who now works at a deli, is a human being.
In 2013, Sandwich told the grand jury he witnessed his former business partner, Baker Stevens, steal the cheese because Stevens wanted to make a sandwich, according to a complaint filed in County Court.
“Baker wanted a slice of cheese for his hero,” Sandwich allegedly told the grand jury. “He was hungry.”
“Isn’t your name Sandwich?” a grand juror asked the witness.
“No. It’s Sanders. Like Colonel Sanders,” Sandwich replied. "It's a cool name."
“Well, it says here your last name is Sandwich,” the prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney DeAngelo Forsips, fired back.
“Well, then it’s wrong. I’m not a sandwich – you can quote me on that,” Sandwich said.
Sandwich’s attorney, Lance Fjorkerspork, in an attempt to get his client to stop talking, cut in and screamed, “Stop! Cheese it, Ham! Now!”
Sandwich was later charged with two counts of perjury. He pleaded not guilty at an arraignment before Judge Alvin Needs in state Supreme Court.
Sandwich declined comment.