It means he is already indicted and his case is on a path to trial. Depending on how old the case is, it may be scheduled for trial but there can be many reasons for postponement. Given his prior history and parole hold. He is looking at significant upstate time.
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A trial notation does not always mean the case is on for trial. There is no way to know for sure. Have pre-trial motions been made? Your friend has a serious case though and State prison time is certainly possible.
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This may mean that your friend's case has been sent out for trial to a trial part. When you "it" says - what is "it"? Has he been indicted? How long has the case been going on for? Does he have a lawyer - if so his lawyer can give you the best answer. It is hard to tell you much more based upon what you have written. But if he is still on parole - he is going to need an experienced criminal defense attorney.
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