Ti man sentenced to prison; under-age drinking charged
TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga man who shot a state trooper through the hand with a rifle during a standoff in 2008 has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison.
Donald McCray, 40, was sentenced June 7 to the maximum term on felony convictions for assault on a police officer and criminal use of a firearm in the August 2008 shooting in a remote area near Saranac Lake. He seriously injured Trooper George Stannard, who works from the state police station in North Hudson.
Stannard, a fellow trooper and a state forest ranger pursued and negotiated with McCray for hours the night of the shooting after McCray threatened to commit suicide.
Stannard was injured when he grabbed the .50-caliber muzzleloader rifle as McCray swung it toward the officers, and the gun went off.
Stannard lost the use of much of his right hand because of the injury, but remained a trooper because he was able to qualify to use his handgun with his left hand.
McCray, who had an extensive criminal record before the shooting, will have to serve at least 12.5 years before becoming eligible for release. He will also spend five years on parole after his release from prison.
Two Ticonderoga residents have been arrested for allegedly providing alcohol to people under the age of 21, state police records show.
James D. Beeman, 23, and Paul A. Rutzler, 20, each face misdemeanor counts of unlawfully dealing with a child, the state police public information website shows.
They were arrested after police received a tip about under-age drinking shortly after 1 am. on June 2.
Rutzler was arrested two days later, Beeman three days later, the website showed.
Both were released pending prosecution in Ticonderoga town court.