Attempted murder for bat assault

Plattsburgh man faces up to 25 years after October home invasion

— A Plattsburgh man allegedly assaulted another man with a baseball bat this past October.

Paul H. Burgette has now been charged with attempted murder for his involvement in a drug-related home invasion.

The other men involved, James Wells, Robert LaBombard and Michael Meigs, accepted plea deals, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s Office.

Police allege that on Oct. 5, Burgette, also known as Paul Meigs, 30, along with the other three men, entered David Parent’s home at 165 Fix Farm Road in Plattsburgh, causing him serious injuries during the baseball-bat assault.

Rescuers transported Parent to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. for multiple fractures. He was treated there and later released.

All men were initially charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree assault for the drug-related home invasion.

A grand jury added the attempted murder charge after hearing evidence on the case. The evidence indicated that Burgette alone allegedly assaulted Parent with the bat.

Burgette further faces felony charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree conspiracy.

While the other men accepted plea deals, Burgette rejected such an offer. He faces up to 25 years in prison.

He was sent to Clinton County jail on $50,000 cash bail and $100,000 bond and is due back in court on Jan. 24.

Assistant District Attorney Douglas Collyer is prosecuting the case.

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