SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A man who made threats to a Skidmore College student saying he would "shoot her and then kill himself" has pleaded guilty in court.
Lance Leonard, 49, of Cuttyhunk, Mass. pleaded to the highest charge possible, felony Coercion in the First-Degree. The charge based upon his making threatening statements "to another person and instilling in the victim fear that he would cause physical injury to himself or another person."
Leonard was sought after he threatened to harm a Skidmore College student and then himself, prompting the lockdown of Skidmore College in March.
The victim in the case knew the defendant and had recently terminated a relationship with him. Leonard was quickly located in New Jersey and apprehended by the Atlantic City Police Department. He was not physically in the Saratoga area, and his threats were made either telephonically or electronically. After he was apprehended, Leonard was extradited from New Jersey to New York State to face the charges to which he plead today in County Court.