Jail and probation for teen who pointed gun at law enforcement officer

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 April 2019 at 1:51 pm

ALBION – An 18-year-old from Clarendon was sentenced to 60 days in Orleans County Jail plus five years of probation after he allegedly pointed a loaded rifle at a sergeant with the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.

The teen-ager was given youthful offender status, so his name shouldn’t be published and his record will be sealed.

In February, he pleaded guilty to attempted menacing a police officer. The teen came out of his house on Sept. 27 with a loaded rifle after watching a Sheriff’s deputy and a sergeant put handcuffs on the teen’s sister and mother after a family dispute.

The teen dropped the rifle after being told by law enforcement.

He will also have to undergo anger management counseling, complete 100 hours of community service, and is encouraged to earn his GED.

District Attorney Joe Cardone said the scene “quickly escalated” on Set. 27 and could have ended tragically. He asked for incarceration for the teen.

Judge Sanford Church said some jail time was warranted.

“I want you to think about showing respect to other people,” the judge said at sentencing today.

In other cases at County Court:

An Albion man was congratulated for completing a diversion program and staying drug-free for nearly 2 years.

Jacob Marks also had a felony charge dismissed and was sentenced for misdemeanor petit larceny, and won’t have to go to jail. He thanked the district attorney and Judge Charles Zambito for giving him a chance in the diversion program.

“He’s really come a long way,” said Joanne Best, the public defender. “He is an example of what we want to do with this program.”

An Albion woman who was in the diversion program was terminated from diversion after using drugs and missing appointments. Virginia Rivera, 38, nearly had graduated from the program but relapsed recently with drug use.

She will instead be sentenced on a felony drug charge and could get up to 6 months in the county jail when she is sentenced on May 23.

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