SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The man accused of threatening a Skidmore College, saying he would "shoot her and then kill himself," was sentenced to time served and five years of probation on Monday in Saratoga County Court.
Lance C. Leonard, 49, of Cuttyhunk, Mass. pleaded guilty to a felony charge of Coercion in the First-Degree in May.
The three months is spent in jail after his arrest will count as time served. An eight year "stay away" Order of Protection was
issued in favor of the victim.
The victim in the case knew Leonard and had terminated a relationship with him, which authorities believe may have prompted the threats that led to a campus lockdown in March.
Shortly after, Leonard was located in New Jersey and arrested by the Atlantic City Police Department. Police discovered that he had not been in the Saratoga area while threatening the student. He was then extradited from New Jersey to New York State.
"We treat domestic violence cases very seriously. Mr. Leonard not only threatened our victim, but also threatened the safety of our community and a college campus. Mr. Leonard pleaded guilty to the highest charge filed as this office would not consider a plea bargain of any kind due to the fear he instilled in so many. The interests of justice were served today as the victim is satisfied and the defendant served jail time, has been convicted of a felony and is in an inpatient psychiatric facility getting the medical help he needs. We are hopeful that the treatment he is Court Ordered to complete will enable him to return as a contributing member of society. If he chooses not to avail himself of the treatment, he will face 7 years in prison on a violation of probation," said Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III.
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