Ti man guilty in shooting

TICONDEROGA - A Ticonderoga man who shot a state trooper during a standoff in the woods of Franklin County has been convicted of two felonies.

Donald McCray, 40, was found guilty of assaulting a police officer and criminal use of a firearm after a five-day trial in Franklin County Court.

McCray was prosecuted for an Aug. 28, 2008, incident in which he shot Trooper George Stannard, when Stannard tried to disarm him in a wooded area near Saranac Lake.

Stannard was wounded and has lost 90 percent use of his right hand, but remains a trooper and canine handler.

Police had gone into the woods to find McCray after he called 911 and threatened to harm himself.

Police found him after a two-day manhunt. McCray fled in a canoe on a river and police pursued him in a boat.

That led to a standoff on two boats in which McCray pointed the gun at his own head, officials said. It ended when Stannard grabbed the barrel of the .50-caliber muzzleloader as McCray moved it away from his head and in the direction of a forest ranger and trooper. The gun went off, injuring Stannard.

McCray has five prior felony convictions and 10 criminal convictions in 19 years. The Franklin County district attorney said he plans to ask for the maximum prison sentence of 15 years in state prison when McCray is sentenced April 14.

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