Editor's Note: On Tuesday, Nov. 14, the man plead guilty to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. He admitted to punching another man in his face, fracturing his nose. His sentence includes a one-year conditional discharge and a five-year order of protection.
YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Bail has been reduced the Yorktown man who was arrested after an Independence Day standoff with police.
Appearing in Yorktown Justice Court last night, Charles J. Scheld, his attorney, said the 11-year Yorktown resident has had no prior run-ins with the law. He asked that bail, initially set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond, be lowered to something more affordable. Scheld said the man is only charged with two misdemeanors, assault and menacing, and neither is likely to result in jail time.
"Every day he spends in jail is a day he loses from his life," Scheld said.
Town Justice Sal Lagonia agreed to lower bail to $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond.
Scheld also elaborated on the incident that resulted in the man's arrest. Around 7:30 p.m. July 4, officers with the Yorktown Police Department responded to a reported assault at a Crompond Road home. When they knocked on the door, officers said they heard the “unmistakable sound of a shotgun being racked.”
This resulted in dozens of town, state and county officers forming a perimeter around the home, shutting down Route 202/Crompond Road for several hours. Around 10 p.m., hostage negotiators contacted the man by phone and he surrendered “almost immediately,” police said. A shotgun was recovered from the home.
Scheld said the alleged assault occurred after another man trespassed on the man's property. When police arrived to respond to the assault, officers "saw or heard him with a shotgun," Scheld said. He stressed that the man was legally allowed to possess the shotgun.
Scheld also said the man had been drinking alcohol prior to the incident.
"One thing led to another and things obviously got a little out of hand," Scheld said.
He is due back in court on Tuesday, July 18.