Local man admits to assault

ROUSES POINT - A village man will return to court in January for sentencing following his admission of guilt in a domestic incident earlier this year.

Scott E. Palmer admitted in court he assaulted his wife earlier this year before setting fire to the couple's Chapman Street home. Palmer went before the Hon. Timothy J. Lawliss in Clinton County Family Court and Integrated Domestic Violence Court Nov. 24, pleading guilty to four of the charges that were pending against him. He admitted to a felony charge of first-degree assault and three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The plea reportedly allowed him to avoid attempted-murder and arson charges.

State police responded to a report of a domestic incident at 27 Chapman St. May 17. An investigation revealed Palmer assaulted his wife, Marcy Palmer, at their residence. He was then alleged to have poured gasoline throughout the two-story home, igniting a fire while his wife and three children were still inside.

Marcy Palmer and the three children - the couple's 3-year-old son and a 10-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy who are from a different father - fled the residence and were not seriously injured in the fire.

Palmer remains in custody at Clinton County Jail. He is expected to return to court for sentencing Jan. 5.

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